#AceNewsServices – September 26 – There has been no confirmation of the Iraqi Government claim about possible attacks on the US and Paris subway system by Islamic State militants, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that Baghdad had credible intelligence that Islamic State was planning to hit subways in Paris and the US, Reuters reported.
The Iraqi prime minister was accused of “crying wolf” Thursday after he suddenly announced that the Islamic State was plotting to launch attacks on subways in the U.S. and in Paris.
Haider al-Abadi dropped that bombshell during a brief meeting with reporters at the United Nations, citing “accurate reports” from back home in Baghdad.
But as local officials scrambled to reassure the public that they were prepared for any threat, the National Security Council poured cold water on Abadi’s announcement and U.S. Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) threw diplomacy aside and blasted the Iraqi leader.
“If you cry wolf,” King said, people will stop listening to real threats “and you will have more casualties.”
King, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, said “there is absolutely no evidence” that at an ISIS attack on New York City was imminent.
“People should not take it seriously until they are told by the NYPD, by the FBI or by Homeland Security that there is something there,” he said. “And I don’t expect anything to be there.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton agreed that the ISIS threat has been overblown and said the NYPD was waiting for a “clarification of the Iraqi prime minister’s remarks.”