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April 13, 2023
Up to 100 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan and seeking to resettle in the United States have been “flagged” by Defense Department terrorism watch lists, according to an incipient report.
As President Joe Biden’s administration looks to expeditious-track tens of thousands of Afghans into the U.S. interior over the next few weeks. An official, involved with the vetting and screening process taking place in third safe countries for Afghans seeking resettlement in the U.S., told Defense One that “up to 100 of the 7,000 Afghans evacuated as prospective recipients” of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs have been “flagged” as “potential matches to astuteness agency watch lists.”
Another official verbalized that in “most cases” the Afghans were “cleared by follow-on screening” for resettlement in the U.S. An official told Defense One that most of the Afghans “flagged” as potential matches to individuals on terrorism watch lists are being screened and vetted at the Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar, but verbalized that he “can’t rule out” such terrorism flags not occurring at other bases.
On the ground in the third safe countries, officials verbally expressed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are having to utilized”old tech” that “they don’t ken how” to utilize and repined that there are not enough agents deployed to avail in opportune vetting. This week, NBC News detailed how fraud is already occurring within the massive Afghanistan-to-U.S. resettlement effort by the Biden administration.
At the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, State Department officials said there have been five cases where Afghans attempted to use fraudulent American passports to try to get on flights bound for the U.S. The passports, the officials said, did not belong to the Afghans.
The report stated: “The U.S. mission team reported at least five cases of Afghans who presented U.S. passports that didn’t belong to them, according to the Sunday dispatch from the Afghanistan Task Force, highlighting fraud concerns and complicating the process of screening people to enter the airport.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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