By Jenny Stanton For Mailonline
10:21 31 Dec 2015, updated 04:30 01 Jan 2016
As air strikes mount in the terror group’s heartland, jihadists will attempt to increase attacks in response, geopolitical analyst Dr Theodore Kasik said.
His claim comes days after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pledged to attack the West, and as cities across the world tighten security at New Year’s Eve celebrations.
‘To boot, former stronghold Ramadi was recaptured by Iraqi security forces, with Mosul next on the Iraqi list to roll back ISIS.’
In London, every firearms officer will be on duty for the New Year celebrations tonight in an unprecedented security operation.
Scotland Yard has cancelled leave for more than 2,000 armed police – the first time it has taken such a step.
Last night, officials in Brussels announced that the city’s New Year celebrations had been cancelled as the Belgian capital remains on high alert over a Paris-style terror attack.
Mayor Yvan Mayeur said the decision had been made because officials could not guarantee being able to ‘check’ all attendees.
In 2014, some 100,000 people turned out to enjoy the festivities and fireworks display at the Place de Brouckere.
Austrian police have stepped up security in Vienna and other cities after receiving a warning of possible attacks.
Moscow’s Red Square, traditionally a place where Russians gather to ring in the New Year, will be closed to revellers amid mounting security concerns.
Meanwhile, in New York, 6,000 police officers will join an estimated one million people who will turn out to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square.