#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: Moreover, the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System has flagged up to 100 of the 7,000 Afghans evacuated as prospective recipients of Special Immigration Visas as potential matches to intelligence agency watch lists, a second official said.
#AceDailyNews says that a Kabul Evacuee With Potential ISIS Ties Detained at Qatar Base,” by Tara Copp, Defense One, August 24, 2021: Security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar have detected that at least one of the Afghans who was evacuated from Kabul Airport has potential ties to ISIS, a U.S. official confirmed to Defense One.
At least 6,000 fleeing Afghans have been evacuated to Al Udeid and thousands more have been flown to other temporary staging bases throughout the Middle East and Europe by U.S. military aircraft. At those bases, Customs and Border Patrol screeners are checking evacuees’ IDs and biometric data against law enforcement databases, the first official said.
Ultimately, thousands of those Afghans will come to the United States, where they will be initially housed at several military bases, such as Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Lee in Virginia.
“There’s certainly been a number of them” who triggered alerts, requiring agents to pull those evacuees aside for further screening, the first official said. In most cases, those Afghans—many of whom have already been vetted through the special immigrant visa process—were cleared by follow-on screening.
But in at least one case, the evacuee “looks like a potential member of ISIS,” the first official said. “They’re still working that through.”
On a Tuesday call with reporters, a senior administration official said that Afghans evacuated to third-party countries are going through “robust security processing” before coming to the United States.
“That process involves biometric and biographic security screenings conducted by our intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals who are working quite literally around the clock to vet all these Afghans before they’re allowed into the United States,” the senior administration official said….
While most of the security alerts have occurred at Al Udeid, the massive airlift operation has expanded to the extent that it’s possible there are Afghans with potential terror ties getting flagged at other bases.
“I can’t rule it out,” the official said.
#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.30: 2021:
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