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U.S. Intel: ISIS May Have Syrian Passport Printer

Syrian refugees and other migrants are seen an overcrowded dinghy after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos September 23, 2015. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)

By Russ Read | The Daily Caller

The Islamic State may have gotten a passport printer, and could be using it to send militants into the United States carrying Syrian passports that are by all appearances authentic, according to a Homeland Security intelligence report.

ISIS likely obtained an intact passport printer and “boxes of blank passports” from a Syrian passport office in Deir ez-Zour when it took the city last summer, the report, obtained by ABC News, states. The group’s de facto capital, Raqqa, also has a printing office according to the document.

“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 states.

“The story seems plausible to me,” terror expert and Northeastern University professor Max Abrams told The Daily Caller News Foundation, referring to the possibility ISIS militants have used the printer to infiltrate the United States.

“It has been a bad couple of months for globalization,” he continued, saying the “weak boundaries” of Western countries have led to attacks like what was seen in Paris and San Bernardino.

Two of the ISIS supported suicide bombers in November’s Paris attacks had fake passports, although it’s unclear where they obtained them. And Tashfeen Malik, one of the terrorists from the San Bernardino shooting, was able to travel and live in the United States off of what is called a K-1 visa that is commonly used for fiances of American citizens.

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