Iraqi PM: Plot to Attack US, Paris Subways

Zeina Karam, ABC News, September 25, 2014

Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that captive Islamic State militants told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris.

A senior Obama administration official said no one in the U.S. government is aware of such a plot, adding that the claim was never brought up in meetings with Iraqi officials this week in New York. President Barack Obama met with al-Abadi Wednesday.

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Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said he was told of the purported plot by officials in Baghdad, and that it was the work of foreign fighters who had joined the Islamic State group in Iraqi, including French and U.S. nationals.

Asked if the attacks were imminent, he said, “I’m not sure.” Asked if the attacks had been thwarted, he said, “No, it has not been disrupted yet . . . this is a network.” The Associated Press initially reported in error that al-Abadi said the attack was imminent. However, a review of his remarks established that he said, “I am not sure.”

“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, speaking in English. “They are not Iraqis. Some of them are French, some of them are Americans. But they are in Iraq.”

He made the remarks at a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. {snip}

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  • I’m starting to think that all you need for a plot to blow up a major city are any two Muslims in the same room.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The lack of response so far suggests to me a sort of, “yeah, sounds like something they’d do” reaction, ha ha…

      It’s gotta involve decapitation to get people’s attention these days. Specifically decapitation, I think.

      • Malgus

        Well, that’s hardly folk’s fault…

        Every other day the “TERR-RIST THREAT LEVEL” gets jacked up to yellow-ish-ish-orangeish… just more scaremongering…

        You hear it enough, and eventually you’re like “Yeah, whatever… “. I know it sucks to say it, but it’s true. Even for me. It’s almost like it’s EVERY SINGLE DAY the talking heads are breathlessly reporting on some vague new “plot” to kill zillions of us by the truckload… and then nothing happens. You’re way more likely to be struck by lightning and killed, or shot by some thug cop and killed, than killed by some head-chopping anachronism from the 11th century yelling “SNACKBAR!!”

        And when folks ask for justification for DHS’s existence, like telling us how many TERR-RISTS! they’ve caught, they say “Oh, we can’t tell you because that would compromise our high speed kinetic buzzword, buzzword, buzzword… but, trust us.. them TERR-RISTS! are out there and we’re getting them!!”… in short, it’s BS. They haven’t captured anyone or foiled any nefarious plots… If the bunch I worked for nailed a truckload of Hadjis trying to steal Hillary Clinton’s makeup, I would be crowing it from the rooftops: “BUSTED!! In your FACE, you bunch of camel humpers!”… And I’d make sure the rank and file citizenry knew we were busting them, too…

  • Adolf Verloc

    Bear in mind that the Iraqi government has every reason to gin up American fears of terrorism to keep the long green coming. I’d be very skeptical of anything Al-Abadi says, especially something as vague and garbled as this.

  • dd121

    Why wouldn’t they attack subways here and in Europe? We’ve brought them to our shores in the millions. There isn’t a word for this madness except maybe it’s suicidal.

  • 4321realist

    They’re catching the dumb ones who can’t plan a clandestine operation if their lives depended on it.

    The bumbling authorities are just plain lucky most of them are too stupid to carry out a simple plan, requiring nothing out of the ordinary.

  • propagandaoftruth

    They sure hate the Yazidis. ‘Cept for their women, of course.

    But I often wonder how much of what we sent to the “good guys” of the Syrian opposition ended up in these folks’ hands.

    Messianic is our democratic totalitarianism. And disastrous.

  • One day these dummies are going to wise up. The easiest targets are the universities. Good grief, the university where I worked welcomed Muslim profs and students with open arms. A backpack bomb in a classroom, the Muslim student mule leaves during lecture and … BOOM. You’ve wiped out a few hundred kids and a Nobel prize winner professor.

    And everybody has backpacks and nobody ever gets searched on a campus.

    The fact that terror cells have not hit a campus should make everyone very suspicious. How many of these alleged terror plots are fear mongering by the federal government? Why would the terrorists not target the easiest target of all–one that would really lay some hurt on the infidels.

    • To eliminate suspicions, the bomber could leave his jacket behind and whisper to the students he has to pass on the way out to the aisle to leave the lecture hall, “Excuse me, I need to use the restroom.” In a large enough lecture hall, he wouldn’t be noticed as a non-classmate. He could really head to the restroom; if it is cold out, he could hide another jacket in advance in the restroom waste bin underneath the plastic can liner.

      This would work even if the bomber wasn’t actually a student. Who’s going to notice yet one more young-looking Middle-Eastern guy on a large university campus?

    • Periapsis

      Indeed, I had noticed that during my college days. Some campuses have auditoriums that would be the perfect soft target for a jihadist to kill hundreds and make their escape before SWAT officers arrive. The campus police forces would probably be among the victims too.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Cut off immigration and stop meddling in the Middle East, especially on behalf of a certain Tiny Democracy. We won’t have to worry about wars in the region.

    • Max

      There is too much money made by the “terror” industry to abandon that now. Geez, even the midnight commercials are for some “International Security” degree. The whole economy revolves around “Law Enforcement”, “Regulatory Enforcement” or “Terrorism” in some way or another.
      The only thing that the US manufactures any more is pornography and war.

    • Julius Caesar

      You’ve got it right Adolf. I always love to turn towards Michael Scheuer at times like this. His thoughts on the United States’ relationship with Israel and the Middle East are spectacular in my mind. He’s great.

  • Why not? Beheading folks has worked out so well for them, after all.

  • Paleoconn

    The French have a spine at least and they have a patriotic nativist candidate who would win a presidential election were it held today. We have Rand Paul and Shrillary. Chris Christie. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz.

    We need to write our patriotic politicians so that they run for the Republican nomination, or third party. Jeff Sessions, Steve King, Kris Kobach, Jan Brewer.