Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent ISIS assaults just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris. They forwarded to the US, UK and France a dispatch saying the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia. He specified that the attacks should come,"through bombings or assassinations or hostage taking in the coming days." The Iraqis had no specific information on when or where the assault would take place.