Report: Al Qaeda Terrorists Living in U.S. as Refugees

FBI investigating 'dozens' of similar cases

ABC news reported that IED bomb makers were living under Refugee status in the U.S.

U.S. Troops secure the area of an IED explosion. ABC news reported that IED bomb makers were living under Refugee status in the U.S. / AP


The FBI has discovered that several terrorists are living in the United States as refugees according to a new ABC News report.

The FBI found in 2009 that two al Qaeda terrorists were living in Bowling Green, Ky., as Iraqi refugees. The men had attacked U.S. troops in 2005 and their fingerprints were also found on IED's in Iraq.  However, they were still able to claim refugee status and immigrate into the United States. The FBI has been combing through 100,000 files on Iraqi bomb makers ever since.

One agent said that there are currently dozens of open investigations looking into possible terrorists living in the United States as refugees.

ABC News reported:

An intelligence tip initially led the FBI to Waad Ramadan Alwan, 32, in 2009. The Iraqi had claimed to be a refugee who faced persecution back home — a story that shattered when the FBI found his fingerprints on a cordless phone base that U.S. soldiers dug up in a gravel pile south of Bayji, Iraq on Sept. 1, 2005. The phone base had been wired to unexploded bombs buried in a nearby road.

An ABC News investigation of the flawed U.S. refugee screening system, which was overhauled two years ago, showed that Alwan was mistakenly allowed into the U.S. and resettled in the leafy southern town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 60,000 which is home to Western Kentucky University and near the Army's Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Alwan and another Iraqi refugee, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 26, were resettled in Bowling Green even though both had been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, according to federal prosecutors. […]

But the FBI discovered that Alwan had been arrested in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006 and confessed on video made of his interrogation then that he was an insurgent, according to the U.S. military and FBI, which obtained the tape a year into their Kentucky probe. In 2007, Alwan went through a border crossing to Syria and his fingerprints were entered into a biometric database maintained by U.S. military intelligence in Iraq, a Directorate of National Intelligence official said. Another U.S. official insisted that fingerprints of Iraqis were routinely collected and that Alwan's fingerprint file was not associated with the insurgency.

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