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Iraqi PM: Islamic State Planning Attacks on U.S., Paris Subway Systems

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has received what he described as “credible” intelligence of plans by the Islamic State to launch attacks on subway systems in the United States and Paris, France.

Al-Abadi stated to American reported on Thursday evening, “Today, while I am here, I am receiving accurate reports from Baghdad where there were arrests and there are networks planning from inside Iraq to have attacks. They plan to have attacks in the metros of Paris and the US. From the details I have received, yes it looks credible.”

When asked if the attacks were yet thwarted, he stated “no” and added that the United States has been alerted on the intelligence report.

The intelligence reports come after 13 US-led strikes were carried out on Islamic State controlled territory in Syria near the border of Iraq and an additional 5 strikes close to the Turkish border overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

ISIS has reportedly reinforced fighters who are currently battling Kurdish forces for control of a Syrian town near the Turkish border, a Kurdish military official reporting that the redeployment follows a US-led airstrike, which triggered the move.

According to reports, 141 jihadists from the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front have been killed in the past two days, 84 from the Islamic State and 57 from al-Nusra Front.

French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq today, its first military action against ISIS since joining the United States military action against ISIS in Iraq.

AmirTsarfatiAmir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.

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