All the Paris attackers identified so far are European nationals

The announcement brings into question the validity of a Syrian passport found close by the body of a dead attacker.

According to a top EU official, all of the perpetrators of the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that have been identified are European Union nationals.

This announcement brings into question the validity of a Syrian passport found close by the body of a dead attacker. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, delivered this message after a meeting with EU foreign ministers.

“Let me underline, the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat,” “It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security.”

The majority of the attackers involved in Friday’s massacre have been identified as French or Belgian nationals. An Egyptian passport was also found at one of the sites in the aftermath of the attacks. However, according to the Egyptian Ambassador to France, the passport belonged to a critically wounded victim caught in the crossfire and not a terrorist.

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Via the New York Times (click to enlarge).

The discovery of the Syrian passport caused an international stir, with some politicians in Europe and the U.S. aiming for a complete stop to Syrian refugee resettlement within their borders. An increasing number of  largely right wing state governors are doing everything they can to bar Syrian refugees entry, including defunding the settlement program. This is despite the fact that American officials recently told CBS News that the passport could be a fake. This looks like a possibility, as British-daily the Independent reported that a man was arrested in Serbia while carrying a duplicate Syrian passport with details that matched the one found in Paris.

[ThinkProgress] Featured image via the Telegraph 



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    November 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    My understanding from a previous news article is that a suspect in Belgium was arrested with the same passport–only the photo was different, which means the passport is invalid no matter how it got there. Either the bystander to the attacks was no bystander, or the attackers somehow planted the passport.

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    November 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Perhaps….just perhaps, that Syrian passport, whether real or fake, was planted by the terrorists as to sow the seeds of doubt. Think about it….whither intentional or not….it worked….almost

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    Elisabet Wendelken Aðalheiðardottir

    November 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I think it is time for the TSA and other people working in Immigration to learn how to read a passport? There is a travel history in a passport . If a European national has traveled to Syria or other ISIS strongholds , maybe detain them, or don’t allow entry if they are going to another country not of their origin.

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    Teresa Elswick Muffoletto RN

    November 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

    That’s right. EU Muslims born to their refugee/ immigrant parents. The common factor here is that they are all Muslim.

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    Matthew Heimlich

    November 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I wonder what kind of attitude would turn someone born and raised in a country into someone who feels othered and alienated by their own homeland to the point that they become radicalized? Couldn’t possibly be comments like yours.

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    November 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I thought the whole passport thing seemed suspicious from the get go. Why would he bring a passport with him to murder a bunch of people? Perhaps it was planted to stir up panic, either by a first responder or by the terrorists themselves.

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    November 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    And almost every single school shooter ever has been a white male. Can we ban white men from entering the country and force all the white men who are already here to sign up with a registry? If that doesn’t work, maybe we can deport them all back to Europe.

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    The Nazi movement was mostly Protestant. What is your point?

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    November 21, 2015 at 1:47 am

    No not really..

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    November 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    It’s not hard to become a “National”. All you have to do is get a citizenship. That’s a far cry from being a natural born citizen of a country.

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