Iraq says shared intelligence on threats to France, US, Iran
BAGHDAD - Agence France-Presse
Iraq Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. REUTERS PhotoIraq shared intelligence on threats of attacks on France, the United States and Iran, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Nov. 15, after jihadists killed at least 129 people in Paris.
"Sources in Iraqi intelligence obtained information that some countries would be targeted, especially France, America and Iran, and they were informed of this," Jaafari said in a statement.
Asked if the intelligence was directly related to the Nov. 13 attacks, ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal said it had indicated that a number of countries, especially in Europe, were at risk of attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group.
Jamal said the intelligence had been obtained months ago and declined to provide further details on the nature of the information.
ISIL, the jihadist group that has seized control of larges parts of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris at the packed Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and bars, and outside the Stade de France national stadium.