U.S. authorities have warned that the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, may have a passport printing machine that was used to help its followers infiltrate American borders with fake passports, according to an intelligence report cited by ABC News.
According to a 17-page Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Intelligence Report, issued to law enforcement agencies last week and
reportedly obtained by ABC News, ISIS may be printing authentic looking
passports for its followers in Syria. The militant group, it is
suspected, may have gained access to the printing machine and several
blank passports after taking over the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which
is home to a passport office, according to the report. ISIS also
controls the Syrian city of Raqqa, which has another passport office."...
[Ed. note: It shouldn't be news that terrorists have access to printing machines.]
(continuing): "Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour
fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports
'issued' in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks,
may have traveled to the U.S.," the report said, according to ABC News.
The report added that the primary source of the information was rated at
"moderate confidence" -- the second-highest rating given for source
On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey addressed the fake passport
issue publicly for the first time. "The intelligence community is
concerned that they [ISIS] have the ability, the capability to
manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any
setting," Comey reportedly said.
John Cohen, a former Department of Homeland Security intelligence
official and ABC News consultant, reportedly said: "If ISIS has been
able to acquire legitimate passports or machines that create legitimate
passports, this would represent a major security risk in the United
The issue of fake Syrian passports came to the spotlight in
Europe last month after authorities found that two suicide bombers
involved in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks entered Europe with fake
passports, along with a group of Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS violence.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the shootings and suicide bombing in the
French capital that killed 130 people and injured hundreds.
After the Paris attacks, more than two dozen U.S. governors
openly opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees to their states out
of fear that ISIS militants would enter the U.S. with the waves of
refugees fleeing civil war in Syria.
The federal government has pledged to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to
the country this fiscal year. Since the Syrian civil war started in
2011, the U.S. has resettled nearly 2,000 Syrian refugees, dispersing
them across the country, mostly to areas with already large Syrian
According to ABC News Thursday, the U.S. intelligence report pointed
to an incident where a Syrian passport discovered in Turkey was printed
with a designator number that indicated it was printed in an
ISIS-controlled area earlier this year.
“If ISIS ability to produce passports is not controlled, their
operations will continue to increase and expand outside of their
operational controlled areas,” the HIS stated in its report, according
to ABC News.
Last month, ISIS released a video threatening Washington, D.C., with
terror attacks. Militants wearing scarves spoke to the camera in the
video, threatening that the U.S. would “suffer the same fate” as France.
The U.S. is part of a coalition that has been conducting airstrikes in
Syria targeting ISIS since 2014.
"We say to the states that part in the crusader campaign that, by
God, you will have a day God willing, like France's and by God, as we
struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we
will strike America at its center in Washington," one militant
reportedly said in the video."
Friday, December 11, 2015
US says Islamic terrorists may have printed fake Syrian passports and entered the US with them. FBI Dir. James Comey acknowledges fake Syrian passport issue publicly for first time Wed., Dec. 9-IB Times, ABC News
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