EU police report highlights ongoing IS threat to Europe
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - EU police agency Europol says in a report published today that the Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq.
The report says some estimates suggest "several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks." The report draws on counterterrorism intelligence from around Europe and also cites media reports and previously publicized calls by IS leaders for attacks.
The report also warns that tactics the group uses in Iraq and Syria - such as the use of car bombs - could also be deployed in Europe. It also said that past attacks such as those in France and Belgium over the last two years show that extremists acting in the name of IS can effectively plan complex attacks.