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Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: U.S. report

WASHINGTON A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the potential to develop fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to offer a copy of the report.

The report says Islamic State has access to Syrian government passport printing machines and blank passports, raising the possibility the travel documents could be faked, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement supply. (cnn.it/1Rf6lE1)

The CNN supply added that there was also concern that because the militant group had access to biographical and fingerprint information on Syrian citizens, there was also a possibility of identity theft.

ABC News, which initial reported the story on Thursday, stated the report was released to law enforcement by the Homeland Safety Investigations agency last week and raised the possibility that militants could use the documents to travel to the United States. (abcn.ws/1IKPl5I)

“Because far more than 17 months [have] passed given that Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is attainable that men and women from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS-controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.,” ABC News quoted the report as saying.

State Division spokesman John Kirby, asked at a briefing on Friday about the ABC report, replied: “We have been conscious of reports, not just in the press, that they might have obtained this capability.”

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday: “The intelligence community is concerned that they [Islamic State] have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.”

(Reporting by Eric Walsh Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Argentina arrests Syrians traveling on false Greek passports

BUENOS AIRES Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents have been almost certainly obtained in Turkey.

The six, such as a single minor, had been taken into custody at a downtown Buenos Aires hotel on Friday right after landing at the city’s Ezeiza International Airport on Thursday, the spokesman stated.

A spate of detentions in South and Central America more than current weeks show the area has grow to be a route for Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.

Less than three weeks ago, five Syrian men who had paid smugglers $ 10,000 every single to travel by way of Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica had been detained in Honduras as they attempted to head north to the United States.

These arrested on Friday had been unarmed and charged only with making use of false travel documents, stated the spokesman. A court hearing has been set for Wednesday, as Monday and Tuesday are public holidays in Argentina. The detainee under the age of 18 was undergoing psychological counseling.

“No far more information will be released until they make statements ahead of a judge,” said the spokesman, who did not disclose the origin of the flight the Syrians took to Ezeiza.

“They are becoming really cooperative,” he mentioned.

The earlier instances sparked alarm among some U.S. lawmakers right after it emerged at least 1 of the attackers involved in the deadly shootings and suicide bombings in Paris final month could have entered Europe amongst migrants registered in Greece.

In October Brazil detained eight Iraqi nationals who police stated were traveling on false Greek passports they had obtained in Turkey. A trickle of immigrants also attain the U.S. land border from other countries fighting Islamist insurgencies.

(Extra reporting by Richard Lough and Juliana Castilla Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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