Iraq Prime Minister Says ISIS Planning Attack On U.S. And Paris Subways

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A plot by ISIS to attack United States and Paris subway stations has reportedly been uncovered by Iraqi intelligence.

Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, told journalists in a meeting at the United Nations that he had learned of ISIS’ plan from foreign fighters in the Islamic State group in Iraq, reports NBC News.

"Today, while I'm here I'm receiving accurate reports from Baghdad that there were arrests of a few elements and there were networks from inside Iraq to have attacks ... on metros of Paris and U.S.," al-Abadi said. "They are not Iraqis. Some of them are French, some of them are Americans. But they are in Iraq."

Al-Abadi said the United States had been alerted to the threat.

When asked if the attacks were imminent, al-Abadi said, “I’m not sure.” When asked if they had been thwarted he said, “No.”

Two unnamed, senior U.S. government security officials said they had “no credible evidence of the plot,” reports CBC.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden also said the plot the Iraq prime minister spoke of had not been confirmed.  It is being investigated.

There was U.S. intelligence about a month ago that the New York area commuter rail system could be a target, but the FBI, New York City Police, Port Authority Police, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not uncover a specific plot. 

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