Authorities detained eight suspected ISIS operatives in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport after they flew in from the Moroccan city of Casablanca on Tuesday, according to Turkey’s Anatolia news agency.
They were posing as refugees and in possession of hand-drawn maps plotting the course from Turkey to Germany.
The news adds further fuel to the fire of controversy of President Obama’s plans to bring 10,000 more Syrian refugees to the United States for permanent resettlement. This has been a subject of hot debate in Congress since the attack on Paris that was launched by eight ISIS fighters, at least two of whom are believed to have entered Europe as “refugees.”
The subject of accepting Obama’s Syrian refugees has also been a sore spot among Republican governors, 27 of whom have announced they don’t want to accept the refugees because of concerns by the FBI about difficulties in vetting them.
Obama rolled out a #RefugeesWelcome hashtag on Twitter Wednesday, a day after he tried to publicly shame all those in Congress who were concerned about security issues in the wake of the Paris attacks, although a few in Congress such as Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, have been sounding the alarm about the security concerns since January of this year.
Evidence found in hands of ISIS terrorist ‘refugees’
Turkish police found a hand-drawn picture on one of the suspects detailing one of the main migration routes from Turkey to Germany via Greece, Serbia and Hungary, including smuggler boats across the Mediterranean Sea, as well as several train and bus journeys, the Express of London reported.
The map included details of how they should pick up smuggler boats and join refugees arriving on the Greek island of Kos before using trains and buses to travel across Europe and arrive in Germany, where the map is rounded off with a little smiling stick man holding a flag.
Police suspect the men are Islamic State terrorists plotting to sneak into Germany under the guise of being “refugees.”
The four-year Syrian civil war has created 4 million refugees, most of them in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The camps are loaded with mainly Muslims who have abused, threatened and scared away most of the Christian refugees who are fleeing ISIS, WND has been told by several independent sources.
President Barack Obama has OK’d the importation of 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, on top of the more than 2,100 who have already arrived. Of those who have already arrived in the U.S., 97 percent are Muslim and only 2.4 percent Christian, according to government databases.
Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency said the group of terror suspects arrived in Istanbul from Casablanca, Morocco, and were interviewed by criminal profiling teams at Ataturk Airport.
Anadolu said the eight claimed to be tourists visiting Istanbul, but a hotel refuted claims they had reservations there, the Express reported.
Europe remains on high alert following the terror attacks in Paris that have left 130 dead and more than 350 injured.
The arrest of the eight ISIS operatives also sparks fears that the men may be part of a terror cell plotting an attack on Germany after ISIS posted a new video online threatening more Paris-style massacres, the Express reported.
An ISIS terrorist admitted in February that the jihadist army had already infiltrated Europe with more than 4,000 fighters who are trained and ready to launch attacks on a moment’s notice.
Several bills in Congress
Congress has several bills on the table to address the refugee crisis and fears that terrorists will slip in among their ranks. Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduling a vote on at least one of the bills for Thursday but critics say it is among the weakest of the bills from which he has to choose.
The strongest, HR 3314 introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has attracted 74 co-sponsors and would cut off all funding for refugee resettlement pending a full review of the program’s cost as risks to national security. But Ryan thus far has not championed that bill.
Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has explained the details of Ryan’s anticipated “bait and switch”:
“Instead of listening to their constituents and following the calls of 30 governors to shut down Islamic refugee resettlement, Republicans are about to pull the classic bait and switch: pass a phony standalone bill and decline to defund it in the budget bill… Remember Obamacare, executive amnesty, EPA regulations, and Planned Parenthood? The Islamic refugee issue is no different. They have no intention of actually stopping it, despite the fact that they could destroy the Democrats in the upcoming election on this issue alone. They will pass phony legislation, but will never defund it.”