Daesh may be capable of printing authentic-looking Syrian passports, a report by the US Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) suggested.
ABC News obtained the report which says that Daesh is probably capable of printing legitimate-looking Syrian passports since the terror group took over the city of Deir ez-Zour in 2014, home to a passport office with “boxes of blank passports” and a passport printing machine.
“Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to Daesh, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these Daesh controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the US,” the report says.
On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey informed the US lawmakers about the worries of the UN authorities. Comey said: “the intelligence community is concerned that they [Daesh] have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.”
In November, British daily, The Guardian, reported that fake Syrian passports can easily be obtained in the Middle East. With as little as $250, one can buy a fake passport, the British daily said. In addition, according to Guardian, a spokeswoman for Frontex, admitted that her colleagues did not have the equipment or specialists necessary to check the authenticity of all ID documents among new arrivals on the Greek islands.
Fake Syrian passports have already been discovered in Europe. After the horrific attacks in Paris, two passports were left at the scene of the attacks for an unknown reason. Authorities said that the passports recovered were fake.
Greek authorities sent Syrian man to the US
On Tuesday, the Greek judicial authorities decided to extradite a Syrian man to the United States where he faces charges of producing fake passports and identity theft. Reuters news agency, reported that the US had issued an international arrest warrant for the man, identified only as H.K.
US judicial authorities said the Syrian man had held meetings in Athens earlier in 2015 with a US secret service agent and had agreed to produce four fake passports in exchange for 10,000 euros.