EU anti-terror chief: al-Qaida still greatest threat to Europe

The European Union's new anti-terror coordinator said more attacks by Islamic extremists or their sympathizers were "probable" inside the union and warned of the threat posed by an al-Qaida-affiliated group in North Africa. Gilles de Kerchove, appointed the EU's anti-terror chief in September, called on the EU to increase border protection to combat new dangers in the area, including the spreading of Islamist violence in countries like Algeria, where responsibility for recent bombings has been claimed by the Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa group. "The proximity to Europe means we have to beef up our border protection," de Kerchove said.