Iraq's intelligence services discovered the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is planning to attack subways in both the United States and Paris.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, characterized the attack as "imminent," and said it has not yet been thwarted. After sources in Baghdad discovered the plot they alerted him immediately.
He passed the information on to the United States, but not much else is known.
Prime Minister al-Abadi made these comments during a discussion with journalists at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City:
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 US. They are not Iraqis. Some of them are French, some of them are Americans. But they are in Iraq.
US intelligence sources have said there is no evidence of any specific or current threat for New York City subways. Both the FBI and other members of the US intelligence community have checked the report, but found nothing to support the claims.
#Developing: US sources say they have no independent, credible evidence to substantiate #Iraq's Abadi claims #ISIS plans US subway attacks. — Michael Wilner (@mawilner) September 25, 2014
However, they did note that around a month ago US intelligence indicated that NYC's commuter rail system could be targeted. Yet, authorities at the FBI, New York City Police, Port Authority Police and Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not find anything definitive.
This story is developing and will be updated as information comes in.
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