A Department of Homeland Security report issued to law enforcement last week indicated Islamic State members may have snuck into the U.S. using fake passports the terror group printed using its own machine.
The 17-page DHS report, obtained by ABC News, warned that the Islamic State likely has a passport printing machine. The terror group seized the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour last summer which housed a passport office with "boxes of blank passports," the report said.
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“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 said, according to ABC News.
The concern was echoed by FBI Director James Comey Wednesday during a testimony on Capitol Hill.
“The intelligence community is concerned that they have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting,” Comey said.
According to ABC News, the DHS report was given a "moderate confidence" rating, the second-highest possible.
A former DHS official, John Cohen, told ABC News the ability to print passports "would represent a major security risk for the United States."
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