A high ranking French official has elaborated on reports of ISIS owning a passport printing machine by saying their fraudulent document making abilities is far broader.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday that ISIS has set up a “real fake document industry.”
This acknowledgment that ISIS’ abilities go beyond forging simple passports make the initial report that the terror group has had these capabilities for 17 months even more damning.
In a report last month, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said in a report:
“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.”
Now the question becomes, how to retrace the steps of those who may have entered?
The terror group ISIS has created a whole “industry” out of the production of fake passports, a high-level French official said today.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that through ISIS’s operations in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the group has acquired blank passports and has now set up a “real fake document industry.” Cazeneuve made the statement following a meeting with top European officials where he proposed setting up a new task force to help nab people attempting to come into the European Union with fake papers.
Last month ABC News reported that U.S. intelligence suspected ISIS had acquired thousands of blank Syrian passports and at least one passport printing machine after taking over government offices in Syria. Officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said in a 17-page report that the terror group has likely been able to print legitimate-looking Syrian passports since at least last summer – and raised the possibility that people using the forged documents have snuck into America.
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