Report: Irish Republican Army Dissidents Behind Recent Surge in Violence

An expert panel says Irish Republican Army dissidents are posing their greatest security threat in Northern Ireland since the province's peace accord 11 years ago — and are receiving help from a handful of IRA veterans in plotting gun and bomb attacks.

Wednesday's findings from the Independent Monitoring Commission say dissidents backed by a "small number" of mainstream IRA members are responsible for a surge in violence since March. The commission reports regularly on the underground activities of Northern Ireland's myriad paramilitary groups.

Incidents include the fatal shootings of two British soldiers and a policeman, several failed attempts to kill security-force members with bombs, and wounding 20 people in a campaign to deter civilian cooperation with security forces.