MOSCOW, September 25 (RIA Novosti) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said Thursday that the Iraqi intelligence had uncovered the Islamic State (IS) militants' plans to carry out a series of attacks on subways in Paris and some US cities, Reuters reported.
"They [IS militants] plan to have attacks in the metros of Paris and the US," he was quoted as saying by Reuters. "From the details I have received, yes it looks credible."
"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," he added.
Abadi said he had received the information on the attacks early on Thursday.
The IS, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), is an extremist group that originated from al-Qaeda in Iraq. The extremists' goals included the fight against the US-led coalition forces and establishing an Islamic State under Sharia law.
The IS militants started fighting the Syrian government in 2012, seizing large parts of the country. They launched an offensive in Iraq in June 2014 and proclaimed the establishment of a caliphate on the territories under their control in Syria and Iraq.
The United States carried out airstrikes against the militants in August in Iraq. Earlier this week the US-led coalition, including a number of Arab countries, conducted another round of airstrikes against the IS on the Syrian territory.