A leader of the Syrian community in New York City believes ISIS sleeper cells are already in America, waiting for orders to carry out an attack.
Arafat ‘Ralph’ Succar told the New York Post on Wednesday that terrorists have ‘absolutely’ sneaked into America posing as civil war refugees since fake identifications papers are easily obtained in his birth country.
‘I believe the terrorists from Syria have been coming into the United States, not only in the past few years, but way before that,’ Succar said.’I think they’re already at work.’
The 57 year old moved to the United States when he was 10 and is now a community council leader in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where there is a deep concentration of Syrian immigrants.
He says that the government in Syria is so corrupt that getting official identification papers bearing a fake name is as easy as paying a bribe.
‘You can go to the Syrian government today and say to them, “I need a piece of paper that says I’m Tony Caterpillar.” And they give it to you.
‘These are not forged documents. These are written out by a government employee who needs money, whose family has no food,’ Succar said.
Succar’s frightening theory comes amid a new video from ISIS, threatening an attack on New York City.
The slick clip features shots of yellow taxis and crowds in Times Square and Herald Square in Manhattan, with vibrant French music playing in the background – a nod to the Paris terror attacks on Friday.
It then cuts to a man wrapping a bomb around his waist before walking into the crowds and pulling the trigger.
I believe the terrorists from Syria have been coming into the United States, not only in the past few years, but way before that.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers on Wednesday, saying there was ‘a grand total of eight’ Syrian refugees who had resettled in the city, and that number was later lowered to just four due to a mix-up by the federal government.
However, five Syrian nationals have already been arrested trying to enter the United States with fake passports.
The five Syrians were detained Tuesday in Honduras, after officials discovered the Greek passports they had been carrying were stolen and doctored.
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