Speaking on the sidelines of the Syria peace talks in Vienna on Saturday November 14, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ebrahim al-Jafari said: “Information was obtained from Iraqi intelligence sources before the Paris attacks occurred that the countries to be targeted soon were Europe in general, specifically France, as well as America and Iran.”
He added that his country had shared this information with France, the United States and Iran but he did not provide any details.
The announcement comes after armed attackers targeted six locations across Paris on Friday November 13, leaving more than 120 dead and hundreds more injured.
The next day, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. The French government has made no comment on Jafari’s statements.
France and the U.S. have stepped up their involvement in the air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria.
Iran has also reported an increase in its military “advisory” role in Syria in the last month.
Iran’s intelligence minister also reported the arrest of dozens of people last week in Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchistan, Tehran, Golestan and Mazandaran provinces allegedly linked to “terrorist groups” and added that Russian military operations in Syria have raised the Islamic Republic’s security alertness.