Islamic State’s Authentic-Looking Fake Passports Pose Threat

PARIS—Western security officials are struggling to respond to the threat that Islamic State can make authentic-looking Syrian and Iraqi passports, which could be used to hide operatives planning attacks in Europe or the U.S. among refugees.

Islamic State has likely obtained equipment and blank passport books needed to make Syrian passports when the group took control of the Syrian cities of Raqqa and Deir Ezzour, those officials said. It has also gained control of materials to make Iraqi passports when it occupied the Iraqi city of Mosul, a Belgian counterterrorism official disclosed for the first time. But the near-absence of communication with the Syrian government means Western officials are lacking key information that could be used to identify the passports, according to a confidential analysis by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Score another one for Trump.

  • Exile1981

    obviously this is too difficult for Trudeau or his advisers to understand.

    • lolwut?

      They don’t care, so long as they vote Liberal.

  • pdxnag

    They just need one, for Mohammad Mohammad.