Reed: Intelligence agencies looking ‘very thoroughly’ at Iraq threat

US Sen. Jack Reed is shown in a September 2014 interview.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi made a shocking claim at the UN Thursday that captured ISIS militants disclosed an alleged plot to attack subway systems in the United States and Paris.

U.S. law enforcement officials said they’re investigating the claim, but there’s no confirmation of the reported plot.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat in the Armed Services Committee under chair Carl Levin, said these types of threats are evaluated every day to ensure Americans are safe.

“There’s been no formal briefing yet, but the National Security Council has indicated that they have no corroborating information,” he said.

As for what part of the U.S. was purportedly being targeted, Al-Abadi wouldn’t say.

“We have to take all this very seriously. We can’t dismiss it, we have to look very thoroughly, and that’s what our intelligence agencies are doing now,” added Reed. “On a daily basis, there’s a significant amount of traffic about potential threats, potential individuals or organizations, and they all have to be looked at.”

The report comes amid United States-led air strikes in Syria, which were most recently aimed at oil infrastructure.

“When you can cut off the flow of money to ISIL, and they’re getting it from these refineries, from the illegal sales of oil, it helps,” Reed explained.

In his comments, Prime Minister Al-Abadi said he was told the alleged plot was the work of foreign recruits to ISIS, including French and U.S. nationals, which adds a completely new layer to the ongoing conflict.

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