An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by Islamic State the day before the deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, it has emerged.
Iraqi intelligence said IS 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.
Separately, reports of a shooting near one of the scenes of Friday night's terror attacks turned out to be a false alarm.
Pictures taken at the time show armed police approaching a suspicious car.
Civilians fled the scene in sheer panic - however, it quickly emerged it was a false alarm.