“Fake Syrian passports have become a valuable commodity in recent months and are freely traded on the black market, as they can help ease the path for non-Syrians to get protection as refugees in Europe.” That may explain why they had these fake passports, but there is also this: “In the wake of the slaughter in Paris, many commenters have questioned why the perpetrators would carry passports with them during the highly co-ordinated attacks. Simon Kuper, a columnist with the Financial Times and Paris resident, said the move could be part of a strategy by IS to ‘discredit’ refugees and force Europe to close its borders.” While it is possible that the Islamic State wants Europeans to turn against the refugees, in hopes of starting a civil war in Europe, and so the jihadis carried these passports so as to give the impression that they were refugees and thereby ignite anti-refugee sentiment, it is also that the jihadis carried these passports simply to alleviate suspicion and ease their movements. Financial Times, after all, represents the European establishment that very much wants this influx of Muslim refugees, and so is likely to discount any evidence that there may be a problem with the refugees storming into Europe in such numbers.
“Syrian passports found at Paris attacks scene were fakes made in Turkey,” by Mary Atkinson, Middle East Eye, November 15, 2015:
Syrian passports found near the bodies of two of the suspected Paris attackers were fakes that were likely made in Turkey, police sources in France told Channel 4 News on Sunday.
Greek officials had said on Saturday that one of the two passports was held by someone who had registered as a refugee on the Greek island of Leros on 3 October.
Officials denied, though, that a second attacker had taken a similar route, telling the Guardian there was “no indication whatsoever” that the assailant had entered Europe through Greece. The comments came amid widening investigations into the attacks that killed 132 people in the French capital on Friday.
Authorities across Europe continue to probe the identity of seven assailants amid questions over how they managed to co-ordinate multiple attacks, which have since been claimed by the Islamic State group, without attracting the attention of security services.
Only one of the attackers has as yet been publicly named, amid ongoing attempts to identify the victims – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday that the bodies of up to 30 people killed in the assaults have yet to be identified.
Authorities on Sunday named the attacker as Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old Frenchman born and raised in Paris but with family connections to Algeria.
Mostefai’s recent movements have not yet been made public, although British intelligence officials have said the attackers were part of a cell that recently returned from fighting in Syria.
Fake Syrian passports have become a valuable commodity in recent months and are freely traded on the black market, as they can help ease the path for non-Syrians to get protection as refugees in Europe.
A Dutch journalist reported in September that he had bought a fake Syrian passport and ID card, both bearing the picture of the Dutch prime minister, for $825.
Fake Syrian passports are also bought by Syrians who have not been able to get documents due to the war.
Chris Doyle, head of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, said there is great demand for fake passports because many Syrians living outside government-controlled areas are rendered effectively stateless by the difficulty of obtaining documents.
In the wake of the slaughter in Paris, many commenters have questioned why the perpetrators would carry passports with them during the highly co-ordinated attacks.
Simon Kuper, a columnist with the Financial Times and Paris resident, said the move could be part of a strategy by IS to “discredit” refugees and force Europe to close its borders….