A US government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the Capability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.
A spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs actuation confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to bestow a copy of the report.
The report said 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 actuation source.
The CNN source add that there was also concern that because the militant group had access to biographical and fingerprint data on Syrian citizens, there was also a possibility of identity theft.
ABC News, which first reported the story on Thursday, said the report was published to law actuation by the Homeland Security Investigations agency last week and raised the possibility that militants could use the documents to travel to the United States.
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 travelled to the US.
State Department spokesman John Kirby, ask at a briefing on Friday about the ABC report, replied: We have been aware of reports, not just in the press, that they may have got this ability.
FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday: The intelligence community is concerned that they [Islamic State] have the ability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.