Obama pledges to support counterterrorism workers

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama is giving credit to the nation's intelligence community for preventing terrorist attacks.

He told employees at the National Counterterrorism Center that the success of their work is evident in attacks that weren't carried out. Obama is pledging to give counterterrorism employees the tools and support they need to get the job done.

He told workers they have made real progress in disrupting al-Qaida and other extremist groups. Officials have said that an Afghan immigrant who was allegedly plotting a bomb attack in New York had caught the attention of the CIA through one of its sources.