France Attacks-Manhunt is On-Warning from Baghdad
Here is the latest on the attacks in Paris and their aftermath…
PARIS (AP) — A French defense official says the country has launched a “massive” series of airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump.
The ministry spokesman said Sunday that the strikes on Raqqa involved 12 aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, and 20 bombs were dropped.
The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
PARIS (AP) — Four French officials have told The Associated Press that a man who’s now the subject of an international manhunt was questioned by police and released hours after the Paris attacks.
The questioning came when police pulled over a car near the Belgian border, hours after authorities had already identified Saleh Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that was abandoned at the scene of the attack.
He was one of three people in a car stopped by police Saturday morning, hours after the attacks that left at least 129 dead.
Three French police officials and a top French security official confirmed all that officers stopped Abdeslam and checked his ID and then let him go.
The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation.
Abdeslam is now the focus of an international manhunt. One of his brothers detonated a suicide vest in central Paris and another was ultimately detained in Belgium.
AP Newsbreak: Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week’s deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people.
Iraqi intelligence said the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, “through bombings or assassinations or hostage taking in the coming days.”
Six senior Iraqi intelligence officials corroborated the information in the intelligence dispatch, and four of them said they warned France specifically of a potential attack.
An Associated Press reporter was shown a copy of the note Sunday.
The officials all spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.