I.S. subways plot : Iraq PM accused of crying wolf

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U.S. President Obama, right, meets Wednesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who revealed a day later to reporters the plot against subways in France and America.

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  US House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism 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.”

Abadi made the claim a day after he met with President Obama and Arab leaders at the U.N. to discuss the ongoing bombing campaign against ISIS, a brutal Sunni Muslim militant group that has beheaded U.S. reporters and gobbled up huge swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory.

Ben Rhodes, a White House national security aide, said Abadi didn’t say a word about any ISIS plot at that meeting.

“We would certainly take seriously any information they’re learning as they have ISIL operatives detained,” he said.

Abadi, who has been prime minister for just over a month, told reporters the plotters were ISIS fighters from the U.S. and France who are currently in Iraq.

“Today, while I’m here, I’m receiving accurate reports from Baghdad, where there was an arrest of a few elements, and there are networks planning from inside Iraq” to attack “in the metros of Paris and the U.S.,” he said.

“Yes,” Abadi answered when asked if the ISIS attacks were imminent.

“No,” he replied when asked if they had been thwarted.

Abadi divulged no other details about the alleged scheme to cause mayhem in the two countries that have been leading the charge against the murderous ISIS militants.

Minutes later, John Miller, the NYPD’s anti-terrorism czar, announced the department was on the case.

“We are aware of the Iraqi prime minister’s statements and we are in close contact with the FBI and other federal partners as we assess this particular threat stream,” he said in a statement.

“New York City normally operates at a heightened level of security and we adjust that posture daily based on our evaluation of information as we receive it.”

Mayor de Blasio chimed in as well

“The Mayor’s office is aware of the reports and the city takes any threat seriously,” spokesman Phil Walzak said. “We are in close consultation with the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies.”

Gov. Cuomo also weighed in.

“Over the past few weeks we have already begun to increase security at mass transit sites,” he said.

But NSA spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden cast doubt on Abadi’s assertions.

“We have not confirmed such a plot, and would have to review any information from our Iraqi partners before making further determinations,” Hayden said. “We take any threat seriously and always work to corroborate information we receive from our partners. We’re obviously very focused on the issue of foreign fighters, as you saw evidenced yesterday at the Security Council session the President chaired.”

And an NYPD source told The Daily News the department was tipped off three weeks ago about a vague threat against city subways the suburban rail systems that never materialized.

Abadi’s warning, the source added, could be a repeat of what the NYPD was told earlier.

While Abadi did not specify which U.S. mass transit system was in the crosshairs of ISIS, the New York City subway is the nation’s largest and the likeliest target for a terror attack.

Straphangers did not appear to be rattled.

“Anything is possible, but I’m not afraid,” said Nyoshe Fogah, 30, a nursing assistant from the Bronx waiting for the A train at 145 St. “Crazy things happen all over, especially in New York. You’ve got to get on with your life.”

 

NY Daily News

 

  • arzatna1

    Abadi seems to me like another Maliki , another tool in the Iranian hands.
    His credibility is on the line … he has to present credible evidence .

    • 5thDrawer

      Well, Arzatna. I assume by now they have noted the reactionary paranoia of ‘the press’, and way too many people, to every story that ‘pops up’. It’s a good way to create more angst at least … and to get politicians yapping again about the law of averages, when facts don’t support it. It’s like 100,000 Caliph-infected brains thinking they can kill us all when they are only 0.000015% of the world’s population. :-))

      • arzatna1

        Look at Obama’s body language !
        He is trying to tell Abadi : Liar ..Liar …Liar … even before Abadi announced that the Islamic State was plotting to launch attacks on subways in the U.S. and in Paris.

        I guess Obama was very disappointed after meeting Obadi

        • 5thDrawer

          All the recent history is very disappointing. Abadi trying to draw attention away from his deficiencies?

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Abadi is just playing his role, as per the script.

        • wargame1

          Abadi is a possible plant of Bagdadi

    • nagy_michael2

      well yes he is because Iran is still harboring ISIS no matter how much they deny it. They are using the Leaders of ISIS as a bargaining chip for the west and UN to let it have its way in Nuclear weapons.. Iran even admitted it will give up those leaders if the west was lenient in trying to halt Iran Nuclear programs. Can anyone tell me since Iran have lots of fighter jets why they have not bombed ISIS positions in Iraq? Really people after all they can save a Shiite let gov’t who is under their control and Mercy. As soon as Iran bomb ISIS, Nassrallah will support the coalation forces that are bombing ISIS. of course he will twist and turn and make some lame execuses why he would be supporting it. Iran and the gulf rich citizens are the main culprit in creating Al Qaada and Assad helped in the past to create them and allow them safe passages and possibly armed them too. The last of Saddam commanders helped ISIS with the attacks in Iraq and he left Syria just a little over a year ago where he was leading the efforts against US led troops and even Shiites. Any M8 who keep accusing Geagea and Hariri of supporting ISIS is nothing but a tool of Hezbollah who is a tool of Iran..

      • 5thDrawer

        Very logical. No-one wants to hear logic.
        And yes, Humanitarian Aid?? Where?

        • Hind Abyad
          • MaImequer0

            Sweetie, you defy logic….☻

          • 5thDrawer

            (speaking of tools ….) 😉 But yes, she’s cute most times. 🙂

          • MaImequer0

            she never posted her pct, so ‘cute’, is a figment of imagination… in any case, ‘she’ is one of THE most sectarian here…. a truly vile bigot.

          • Hind Abyad

            O’ bright imbecile, what’s my Sect..
            Stop following me ZioNazi bigot.
            No reply.

          • MaImequer0

            lol.. you are a “zioNazi” bigot? That’s funny sweetie… in reality a hezzie pretending to be a melkite… lol☻

          • Hind Abyad

            I’m not hezzie Sweeetttieeee.
            ZioNazi stalker maniac
            What you doing with Mediterraces avatar scribbled
            on..not obsessed much..

          • MaImequer0

            you’re losing it sweetie, your earlier posts were more or less legible, but your going down hill… maybe time for a pill eh???

          • Hind Abyad

            I’m taking screen prints and this is my pct.
            Case closed virus

          • MaImequer0

            pfffttt…. supporting hezzies is a crime where you live sweetie….☻

          • Hind Abyad

            Stop following me anyway, no job?
            THAT’S FUNNY SWEETIEEE

            I SAID WHAT YOU DOING IN MY 2011 AVATAR SWEEETTIIIEEE ?????????????????????????????
            ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

          • MaImequer0

            That’s funny sweetie, I am in your avatar now?? LOL…

          • Hind Abyad

            That’s Funny you said it! YES that’s my avatar!
            What are you doing with my avatar?
            Why you scribbled hornes glasses and goat chin on my drawing?????

          • MaImequer0

            If you keep lying, your nose is going to grow… lol sweetie, that’s funny. Any how, assad might enjoy you with a longer nose….

          • Hind Abyad

            Oh, it is forbidden to be logic here. it has to be the CO (collective order) no opinion permitted, on top of it, enters the Zionist unemployed parasite: Zio “Sweeetiiieees” Malmequer.. not happy, protesting…

            FSA asks US coalition not to strike Al Nusra…
            Al Nusra threatens coalition…

            ISIS is advancing beheading and burning Kurdish villages on it’s way to Kobane, Kurds still ask planes stop ISIS advance, asks why is the coalition bombing Homs defended by Syrian forces, while not striking ISIS on Turkish borders.
            Soyez simplistes, amusez, continuer la destruction du Liban.
            PS. i forbid you to call me ‘cute’. What’s “her pct” ?

            http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Sep-28/272226-us-hits-isis-in-syria-nusra-threatens-reprisals.ashx#axzz3EYjEivv0

          • MaImequer0

            how cute sweetie… activisting all day and night, supporting terrorism…

          • Hind Abyad

            Stalking day and night SWEEETIEEE?

          • 5thDrawer

            I think he means ‘pic’ … as in ‘picture’ … not all the other expansions of the acronym ‘pct’.

          • Hind Abyad

            I replied to the stalker because of you.
            More SPAMS?

          • 5thDrawer

            … sorry ….

      • Hind Abyad

        Revers to Erdogan a little please nagy 🙂

        • nagy_michael2

          Erdogan is an asshole and a slim for sure..he wants to play his games to please ISIS and also the west. Turkey should be kicked out of Nato for sure.

          • Hind Abyad

            “The sick man of Europe”, a NATO member who refuses participating in attacks on ISIS, ErDog gives himself a “Humanitarian role” in Syria!
            The new Ottoman Caliphate..

  • wargame1

    Haider al-Abadi is possibly a member of ISIS because he can produce the inside news of ISIS. This guy should be asked that from where he gets the secret information of ISIS future attack. Waterboarding would be great method to extract information.

    • 5thDrawer

      LOLOLOL….. 😉

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The same could be said of the US claiming that there is no evidence to back up the claims. How are they so sure? Again this whole Islamic thing is playing in the hands of some puppeteers.