US Navy warns on terrorism

Maritime terror threat persists.

Naval commanders warn of terror threat against commercial shipping

By Chris Church

MANAMA, Bahrain —The possibility that al-Qaida, Islamic State and other terrorist groups could try to disrupt critical sea lanes in the Middle East is “real,” and maritime powers must focus on mitigating that threat, top naval officials in the region warned on Saturday.

A major focus of this year’s International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, which began Monday, is to address this concern, which could greatly impact international commerce, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan told journalists.

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