SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– France has called diplomats from around the world to meet in Paris to talk about Iraq, and how to combat the militant group Islamic State (ISIS).
Pressure to act against the Islamic State is building after the group beheaded a third Western hostage and threatened a fourth. A video released by the militants shows the body of British aid worker David Haines, and concludes with a death threat against British hostage Alan Henning.
Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain is stepping up its counterterrorism efforts, and will support U.S. military efforts against the group. He says Britain will help with logistics and intelligence gathering, but won’t send ground troops. Cameron called Haines’ murder an act of “pure evil,” and vowed to bring the killers to justice.
France says they have military planes on stand-by to join in U.S. airstrikes.
22News talked to people in western Massachusetts about the role of the U.S. government with the rise in attacks by ISIS. Some said that they want to feel safe but maintain their civil liberties while the U.S. works to combat the rise of the terror group. Others said now that ISIS is a greater threat, the more intelligence the National Security Agency can gather the better.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that more than 60% of Americans are “very concerned” about the rise of Islamic extremists around the world, which is the largest number since 2007.
The study also found that one year ago, more people were concerned about protecting their privacy from the NSA than about a terror threat.
Today that has reversed, with more than half of the Americans surveyed stating that the U.S. government anti- terrorism policies haven’t gone far enough.