A day before the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 129 people, Iraq’s intelligence service warned coalition partners, France in particular, that Islamic State attacks in different countries were imminent. As reported by the Associated Press on Saturday, Baghdad’s dispatch, which was shared with the AP, did not have any specifics on timing and locations but it stated that IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ordered attacks, involving bombings, assassinations and hostage takings, on “all coalition countries” fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia. Citing multiple anonymous Iraqi intelligence officials, the AP also reported that the Iraqis warned of an attack on France specifically involving 24 operatives, some of whom trained directly with the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria. Most important, however, is that the dispatch said more attacks were to come.
The dismissive reaction of French authorities highlights a common problem whereby security officials tend