PASSPORT TO TERROR: MailOnline reporter buys Syrian papers being sold to ISIS fighters sneaking into Europe hidden among refugees
- Reporter bought $2,000 Syrian passport, ID card and driving licence in Turkey under the name of a real man who was killed in the conflict
- Forger boasted that ISIS fighters are using documents to travel to Europe to start terror sleeper cells or live under false name free of past crimes
- Also being used by economic migrants from other countries exploiting generosity of Europe to Syrian refugeesÂ
- Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee told MailOnline the scam was ‘deeply disturbing’ and should be ‘addressed immediately’
- The blank documents are genuine, having been stolen from government offices by militias fighting regime of Bashar Al-Assad
- EU border official admits fraud is rising and bigger than first thought
ISIS fighters and economic migrants are able to buy Syrian identity documents that allow them to hide among refugees travelling to Europe with frightening ease, an investigation by MailOnline can reveal.
Our reporter was able to buy a Syrian passport, identity card and driving licence from a fraudster in a Turkish border town this week.
The genuine documents were stolen from Syria when they were blank. The forger added our reporter’s picture and gave him the identity of a Syrian man from Aleppo killed last year.
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Easy: Our reporter was able to acquire the $2,000 haul of documents within just four days from criminals. Above are Syrian passport, driving licence and identity card
Fake identity: The documents are all genuinely made – having been plundered by Syrian opposition forces including ISIS – as they overran offices held by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
Dead man walking: The passport was in the name of a real man who had died in the Syrian city of Aleppo
The documents, on sale for around $2,000, would help an asylum claim in Europe.
The forger who sold us the papers, said that they are being used by ISIS fanatics to travel undetected across borders into Europe hidden among tens of thousands of genuine refugees fleeing the terror and destruction.
Once in Europe they can set up sleeper cells or live freely under a new identity without facing the consequences of their brutal past actions.
As the forger chillingly put it: ‘ISIS fighters are among the people going to Europe in this way. They are going to wait for the right time to become a fighter for ISIS again.’
The revelation comes as Lebanon warned two in every 100 Syrian migrants smuggled into Europe are ISIS-trained fanatics, with most travelling overland through Turkey to Greece.
The extremist group is sending trained jihadists ‘under cover’ to attack targets in the west, Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bousaab told British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the country on Monday.
‘ISIS will not stop at the border with Lebanon, before you know it ISIS will be in Europe,’ Mr Bousaab claimed.
Terror: The forger told MailOnline that ISIS fighters are buying the passports so they can sneak back into Europe to plan attacks or escape Syria without having to face the consequences of the crimes they committed
The bogus papers are also being used by economic migrants from other Middle Eastern states who know that a Syrian asylum claim will be met with more sympathy following the civil war which has so far forced an estimated four million people to flee.
The recent death of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy pictured after he was washed up on a Turkish shore, has heightened demands for countries to take in Syrian refugees and propelled their plight to the top of the international agenda.
Germany alone is expected to take in a million Syrians this year and is putting other European nations under pressure to sign up to a quota system.
The forger told MailOnline: ‘Everyone wants to be Syrian now â€“ because now everyone welcomes Syrians’
The passport book MailOnline acquired is genuine, made from a batch seized from one of the many Syrian government offices captured by advancing opposition forces.
The forger explained that the militias fighting the forces of Assad make a beeline for government offices when they over-run a town. They know the value of the documents there and steal the passports, papers and even the printers that are used to create identity cards and driving licences.
‘I don’t know which town this passport came from because it has happened many times,’ he said.
‘Fighters â€“ from the Free Syrian Army, Al Nusra, ISIS or whatever â€“ they know the value of these documents. They take them and they give them to us. They ask us to make new identities for them and their families so they can travel outside Syria.
‘We do this for them and they leave us some of the books so we can sell them. There are many people â€“ Syrian people â€“ who have lost their passports and identity cards because of the chaos of the war. They want new documents to help them in Europe.’
He went on: ‘Everyone wants to be Syrian now â€“ because now everyone welcomes Syrians. There are Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, people from all over the Arab world who are pretending to be Syrian so they can have a new life in Europe.
Claims: The forger told MailOnline that ‘everyone wants to be Syrian now â€“ because now everyone welcomes Syrians. There are Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, people from all over the Arab world pretending to be Syrian so they can have a new life in Europe’. Pictured are migrants at Salzburg station, Austria on Tuesday
‘ISIS fighters are among the people going to Europe in this way. They are going to wait for the right time to become a fighter for ISIS again.’
Alarm bells began to ring as to the scale of the problem earlier this month when German customs officers seized packages containing a large number of blank Syrian passports. The packages contained both genuine and fake passport books.
Frontex, the EU border agency, has reported an increase in the seizure of Syrian passports for sale although they admit they as yet have no idea of the size of the problem.
‘The latest figures confirm that document fraud is on the rise,’ a spokesman told MailOnline. ‘Imposters use another person’s documents taking advantage of their physical resemblance to the original holders, as often difficult to identify.
‘Research studies show that the extent of the problem is much wider than can be assessed from the number of revealed cases.
‘[Syrian passports] are found in the hands of Iraqis and Palestinians. There is also a rising phenomenon of migrants from Algeria, Egypt or Morocco claiming falsely to be of Syrian nationality.’
The blue passport book is printed with the words Syrian Arab Republic in Arabic, English and French on the cover. It bears a Syrian coat of arms â€“ an eagle holding a shield of the national flag and a scroll with an inscription in Arabic.
The 48-page booklet has a bar code and serial number.
The passport states in Arabic, English and French that the photograph is the image of a 48-year-old Christian man called Jak Abdullah Fraam who was born in 1967 in Aleppo. It states that his father is called Mishail and his mother Lena.
The document gives the holder permission, from the Syrian government, to travel to countries in the Middle East, Europe, North America, African and South America. However Syrians need visas to enter almost every country apart from Sudan and Lebanon. Other Syrian passports have restrictions on which country the bearer can travel to.
The identity card bears the official government seal and is printed using machinery captured by opposition forces and handed over to master forgers.
The Syrian coast of arms is embossed into the card. An image of the Syrian coat of arms sits underneath the photograph. There is a watermark-style image on the right-hand corner and on the back of the ID card.
The international driving licence was issued by the Traffic Police Department of the Syrian Ministry of Interior. It bears the official stamp of the Chief of Governorate Police.
These three documents together provide almost irrefutable evidence of a life in Syria before the war and would support a claim for asylum in Europe.
Warning: As British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon this week, Â a minister warnedÂ two in every 100 Syrian migrants smuggled into Europe are ISIS-trained fanatics
The manufacture of passports and identity documents by forgers began innocently following the collapse of Assad’s Syrian regime, when many citizens lost their official papers in the chaos and society broke down.
But this ‘public service’ has been hijacked by unscrupulous criminals who will sell anyone the documents to claim they are Syrian.
‘At first it was a way to keep normal life going,’ a Syrian with knowledge of the practice of creating new passports told MailOnline.
‘When someone got married they needed a certificate. When a baby was born they needed a certificate. When someone wanted to go abroad they needed a passport. But in much of the country there was no government.
‘However, the people who had worked for the government, local people in each town or city liberated from the regime, were still there.
‘They understood that people needed documents, so they helped them and got a bit of money for themselves. But now there are people who are only interested in the money. They don’t care who they sell a passport to – even if they are terrorists.’
Former Scotland Yard detective, and passport and identity fraud expert, Tom Craig, told MailOnline that the passport and other documents would be enough to get someone into the EU.
‘While there are some discrepancies the passport is good enough to get someone into Greece or Italy.
‘It appears to be an old style passport rather than a modern one. The booklet appears genuine and so does the paper.’
It took just four days for MailOnline investigators to buy the haul in Turkey.
Publishing precise details of the operation would put the lives of Syrian and Turkish investigators in danger, but in essence it was surprisingly easy.
The reporter sent a photograph via social media to the forger in Syria, who made the documents and then smuggled the documents over the porous border and dropped off for collection.
Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs committee told MailOnline the revelations were ‘deeply disturbing’.
Concern: Tory MP Philip Hollobone told MailOnline that ‘there is little doubt that evil jihadists will be keen to exploit the present refugee crisis to infiltrate their way into Europe and the UK’
He said: ‘The ease with which a fake Syrian identity card has been obtained so easily is deeply disturbing. It is essential that all countries need to obtain the necessary equipment to check the validity of these documents. This represents a huge problem that needs to be addressed immediately.’
Philip Hollobone, Conservative MP for Kettering, said the MailOnline investigation had brought a serious security to light.
He said: ‘I would like to congratulate MailOnline for your work in exposing this very serious security issue.
‘There is little doubt that evil jihadists will be keen to exploit the present refugee crisis to infiltrate their way into Europe and the UK. In the present chaos fake passports provide almost perfect cover.
‘The UK Border Force will need to be extra vigilant to separate genuine refugees from ISIS operatives.’
Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said: ‘This is a very worrying development and highlights why we need to properly control our borders and not get so get so overwhelmed by a compassionate desire to help people that we let down our guard.
‘There are many people who want to exploit our generosity and the Government must not let it happen.’
MailOnline has contacted the Turkish authorities to inform them of the scam.
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…..Darkmoon on the real motive
The destruction of Europe is on the cards.
Europe today, America tomorrow.
Sourced from the Daily Express
with an extensive endnote by Lasha Darkmoon
BRITAIN should continue accepting refugees until our services buckle under the pressure, a British MP has said. Â Â
BRITISH MP RACHEL MASKELL
â€œ20,000 migrants is NOT ENOUGH, 30,000 is NOT ENOUGH â€”
we must keep going until we are really at saturation point.â€
Backbencher Rachael Maskell said Britons should just lie down and accept longer waits for hospital treatment and larger classes in schools in order to accommodate more Syrians and other migrants fleeing conflict overseas.
She attacked David Cameronâ€™s plan to accept 20,000 more Syrians from refugee camps over the next five years asinadequate.
Her outburst, which came at a rally to support refugees held in her York Central constituency on Saturday, was branded â€œdangerously out of touchâ€.
She told the gathering:
â€œWe need to shout so much more and say 20,000 is not enough, 30,000 is not enough.Â We will keep going until we hit our saturation point.
What does it matter if we have to wait another week for a hospital visit?Â Or if our class sizes are slightly bigger? Or if our city is slightly fuller?Â What does it matter if things are slightly more challenging?Â If we have to pay a little bit more into the system?Â Surely it is worth it to see those lives being restored again.â€
In a bizarre contradiction, she took to Twitter to write today: â€œNo one should wait for healthcare.â€
â€œNo one should wait for healthcare,
Iâ€™ve argued for better workforce planning for years.â€
(3:38 PM â€“ 14 Sep 2015)
A video of part of her speech published on the YouTube website today (see below) triggered a string of angry responses, with internet users describing her remarks as â€œdaftâ€ and â€œinsane.â€
Ms Maskell, who was first elected as an MP at the general election in May, claimed her comments had been â€œtaken out of context.â€
She said: â€œI am not saying â€˜open the doorsâ€™ and everyone can come in. It has to be part of a controlled system.Â I am saying that we have to do more. I am talking about six refugees in each constituency; that really is the limit.Â We can all have a bit more compassion. If it was the other way round and we were in that desperate situation, we would expect somebody to show compassion to us.â€
Jane Collins, Ukip MEP for Yorkshire, said:
â€œIt matters a lot to hard working tax payers that they get the services they pay for and that their children get the best education possible.Â I do not want this country to accept unlimited numbers of migrants â€“ and we must not be fooled into thinking they are all refugees â€“ particularly as we have intelligence from the French authorities that Islamic State terrorists are already hiding out in the camps in Calais ready to wreak havoc on our country.â€
Ms Maskell backed Labour frontbencher Andy Burnham in the partyâ€™s leadership election.
But at the weekend she hailed the victory of Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn in the contest as â€œamazing.â€
More from the Daily Express : Britain must ban migrants
Lord Glasman, Ed Milibandâ€™s chief policy guru, wants a temporary halt to immigration to ensure British people are first in the queue for jobs.
The Labour peer also urged the Government to renegotiate EU rules allowing the free movement of migrant workers in a decisive break with the open door policy of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
â€œThe people who live here are the highest priority. Weâ€™ve got to listen and be with them. Theyâ€™re in the right place â€“ itâ€™s us who are not,â€ he said.Â â€œBritain is not an outpost of the UN [United Nations]. We have to put the people in this country first.â€
The peer believes that the previous Labour governmentâ€™s backing for mass immigration from Eastern Europe helped undermine support among traditional Labour voters.
Last month the Daily Express reported that
nine out of 10 new jobs created in Britain go to migrants.
â€œWe have to put the people in this country first. Weâ€™ve got to listen to them.â€
Critics of mass immigration yesterday seized on the peerâ€™s remarks as evidence that Labour was beginning to acknowledge the huge damage they caused by allowing more than 200,000 migrants a year into the UK.
The Daily Express was the first newspaper to highlight the potential dangers of allowing unrestricted migration.
And yesterday Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: â€œI donâ€™t believe that freedom of movement across the countries of the EU is a good idea.Â I certainly feel we should break the link between people working here and the right to settle here.Â If the Labour Party is beginning to wake up to this, I think the Conservative Party should as well.â€
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: â€œHe, like we, believes that there should always be the opportunity to invite people of drive and talent but to shut the gates to mass migration.â€
UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage
â€œWe must shut the gates to mass migration.â€
LD: Â British MP Rachael Maskell disagrees. She maintains we must go on accepting refugees until we reach â€œsaturation point.â€ But she fails to distinguish between genuine refugees, fleeing death and persecution in their own lands, andeconomic migrants. She lumps them all together and assumes that ALL are â€œrefugeesâ€, i.e., desperate cases.
Watch this 42-second video clip:
ENDNOTE Â BY Â LASHA Â DARKMOON
This passage from a recently published article of mine, which had to be deleted for various reasons, will explain the complex situation and clarify some important points that have completely escaped the attention of the irresponsible and self-contradicting Miss Maskell:
Figures show that more than two-thirds of the migrants are menâ€”healthy, able-bodied young menâ€”more than half of them in the 18-34 year-old range. They are definitely NOT â€œdesperate refugeesâ€, nor are they fleeing war and persecution in their own lands. If they were, they would hardly leave their women and children behind to suffer persecution and death.
The available statistics themselves prove this. Less than a third of these migrants come from war zones: only 3 percent are Iraqis, 7 percent are Afghans, and 20 percent are Syrians. In the words of French political analyst Thierry Meyssan, from whom I borrow these statistics: all these so-called â€œrefugeesâ€ are no more than â€œpoor people who leave their own countries toÂ try their luck in the rich countries.â€
According to Meysann, even the 20 percent figure given for Syrian refugees (relatively high) is a cooked statistic. Far fewer Syrians are actually fleeing Syria. This is because there is a flourishing black market trade inÂ false Syrian passports.Â These false passports, Meyssan maintains, are being handed out freely to all and sundry, many of them Al Qaeda militants posing as Syrian â€œrebelsâ€. These false Syrian passports are being distributed by Qatar, NATO and the â€œUsual Suspectsâ€ in an attempt to destabilize Europe and alter its demography permanently.
The over-arching aim is an incredibly malicious one: to make the indigenous white Europeans a minority in their traditional homelands. Here we have the aim articulated in candid detail by Barbara Spectre, Â Jewish activist for the destruction of Europe as we know it:
Let Meyssan take up the thread:
â€œAt the start of the war against Syria, Qatar printed and distributed false Syrian passports to jihadists from al-QaÃ¯da so that they could convince Atlantist journalists that they were â€œrebelsâ€ and not foreign mercenaries. False Syrian passports are today distributed by certain smugglers to non-Syrian migrants. The migrants who accept them rightly believe that these false papers will facilitate their welcome in the [European] Union.â€
To this snippet of fascinating information, Meyssan adds an ominous note:
â€œSix months ago,â€ he reveals, Â â€œI was astonished by the blindness of the EU leaders, who failed to understand thatÂ the intention of the United States was to weaken their countries, including by means of the â€œrefugee crisisâ€. Â
Finally, Meyssan points the finger of blame at NATO, which is not only Americaâ€™s proxy army in Europe but is also, as many of us have begun to suspect, a tool of international Jewry.Â â€œNATO, or in other words the international armed branch of the United States,â€ Meyssan asserts,Â â€œhas organised the present campaign.â€
The United States, Israel, international Jewry, and Americaâ€™s vassal states that do NATOâ€™s bidding, are in fact all part of the same seamless web. They all push toward a one-world government and a world without borders or nationalities. The destruction of the white race in Europe, and then in North America, Australia and New Zealand, is the ultimate aim. It is not I who say this, nor is this a wild-eyed â€œconspiracy theoryâ€ I have conjured up out of thin air. Jewish activist Barbara Spectre (quoted above) Â has already made clear the grim future our Jewish masters have planned for us. She is backed to the hilt by other Jews calling for white genocideâ€”as the sinister specimen does below, a psychopath who openly advocates the burning of white children alive and Â the rape and mutilation of white women:Â
He who has eyes to see, let him see!