The US and UK vow to fight “poi­sonous and fa­nat­i­cal” ide­ol­ogy of the ter­ror­ists

Bri­tain and the US are to share ex­per­tise on pre­vent­ing rad­i­cal­ism and tack­ling do­mes­tic “vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism”.

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Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron an­nounced the move fol­low­ing talks with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at the White House, warn­ing that they both faced a "poi­sonous and fa­nat­i­cal ide­ol­ogy".

The task force will re­port back to the two lead­ers within six months.

Cameron also said Bri­tain would de­ploy more un­armed drones to help ground forces tackle the Is­lamic State.

The Prime Min­is­ter is on a two-day visit to Wash­ing­ton for talks with Pres­i­dent Obama, likely to be his fi­nal Wash­ing­ton visit be­fore the UK gen­eral elec­tion in May.

At a press con­fer­ence in the White House, Obama hailed Cameron as a "great friend" while the Bri­tish PM said the US was a "kin­dred spirit".

The talks be­tween the two lead­ers came a week after the deadly ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris in which 17 peo­ple were killed.

Con­cerns over ad­di­tional at­tacks by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in­ten­si­fied on Thurs­day after an anti-ter­ror raid by po­lice in Bel­gium to pre- empt what of­fi­cials called a ma­jor im­pend­ing at­tack.

'Fa­nat­i­cal ide­ol­ogy'

UK po­lice have said there is "height­ened con­cern" about the risk to the UK's Jewish com­mu­ni­ties and are con­sid­er­ing step­ping up pa­trols in cer­tain ar­eas.

Cameron said it was a "sen­si­ble, pre­cau­tion­ary" mea­sure taken to "re­as­sure those com­mu­ni­ties".

Cameron said: "We face a poi­sonous and fa­nat­i­cal ide­ol­ogy that wants to per­vert one of the world's ma­jor re­li­gions, Is­lam, and cre­ate con­flict, ter­ror and death.

"With our al­lies we will con­front it wher­ever it ap­pears."

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley, the UK's po­lice lead for counter-ter- ror­ism, has said po­lice have been re­view­ing their own se­cu­rity since the Paris at­tacks.

"We are also con­sid­er­ing what fur­ther mea­sures we might put in place to en­hance the se­cu­rity of po­lice of­fi­cers, given some of the de­lib­er­ate tar­get­ing of the po­lice we have seen in a num­ber of coun­tries across Europe and the world," he said.

"Chief con­sta­bles across the coun­try are re­view­ing how to strengthen the pro­tec­tion of their of­fi­cers from such at­tacks."

Pres­i­dent Obama said the US, UK and its al­lies were "work­ing seam­lessly to pre­vent at­tacks and de­feat th­ese ter­ror­ist net­works".

Asked whether an at­tack was "im­mi­nent" in Bri­tain, Cameron said the ter­ror threat level, set in­de­pen­dently by the Joint Ter­ror­ism As­sess­ment Cen­tre, was cur­rently at "se­vere" - mean­ing an at­tack is "highly likely".

He warned that the fight against ter­ror­ism "is go­ing to be a long, pa­tient and hard strug­gle" but added that "we are quite con­vinced we will over­come it".

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