Iraq Says It's Uncovered a Terrorist Plot to Attack Subways in Paris and the U.S.

Iraq Says It's Uncovered a Terrorist Plot to Attack Subways in Paris and the U.S.

The government of Iraq said Thursday that it had uncovered plot to attack subways in Paris and the United States, the Associated Press reports.

"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," Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly. 

"They plan to have attacks in the metros of Paris and the U.S.," al-Abadi continued. "From the details I have received, yes it looks credible."

Al-Abadi, who became Iraq's prime minister in August after a lengthy political battle, may be full of hot air. A senior U.S. government told Reuters that the U.S. has "no evidence" to back up Abadi's claim of an Islamic State plot to attack U.S. subways.

The New York Police Department told Reuters that they are "aware" Al-Abadi's statement on a potential threat to the city's subways and "in close contact" with the FBI on the matter.

It's not outside the realm of possibility, though. U.S. subway systems have been threatened by terrorists before. In 2009, Colorado man Najibullah Zazi was arrested as part of an international plan by al-Qaida to bomb subway systems in New York City and the United Kingdom. And in 1997, two men with Jordanian passports were arrested in Brooklyn for allegedly planning detonate bombs in a subway station and on a commuter bus.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this as need.

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Jared Keller

Jared Keller is the former director of news at Mic.

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