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'ISIS planning attacks on Paris, US subway systems'

world Updated: Sep 26, 2014 08:31 IST
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Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Thursday said his country’s intelligence has “credible” reports of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ( ISIS) planning to bomb US and Paris subway system.

“Today, while I am here, I am receiving accurate reports from Baghdad where there was (the) arrest of (a) few elements and there are networks planning from inside Iraq to have attacks,” he told a group of reporters in New York.

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Speaking in English, he added, “They plan to have attacks in the metros of Paris and the US…From the details I have received, yes it looks credible.” Asked if the attack were imminent, he said, “I am not sure”, according to reports of the interaction. He also was not sure if the attacks had been averted.


He said these attacks will not be conducted by Iraqis. “Some of them are French, some of them are Americans. But they are in Iraq.”

Such attacks by western fighters returning home from these areas is a leading concern for western nations, including the US, France and US.

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US defense department spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby refused to comment on these attacks at his daily briefing.

Earlier, continuing the military action, US and Arab warplanes struck 12 small oil refineries run by the ISIS in Syria — that provide funds and gas for its vehicles.

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