Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country as Refugees

James Gordon Meek et al., ABC News, November 20, 2013

Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky–who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq–prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.

“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.”

As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News–even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.


An intelligence tip initially led the FBI to Waad Ramadan Alwan, 32, in 2009. The Iraqi had claimed to be a refugee who faced persecution back home–a story that shattered when the FBI found his fingerprints on a cordless phone base that U.S. soldiers dug up in a gravel pile south of Bayji, Iraq on Sept. 1, 2005. The phone base had been wired to unexploded bombs buried in a nearby road.

An ABC News investigation of the flawed U.S. refugee screening system, which was overhauled two years ago, showed that Alwan was mistakenly allowed into the U.S. and resettled in the leafy southern town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 60,000 which is home to Western Kentucky University and near the Army’s Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Alwan and another Iraqi refugee, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 26, were resettled in Bowling Green even though both had been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, according to federal prosecutors.

Most of the more than 70,000 Iraqi war refugees in the U.S. are law-abiding immigrants eager to start a new life in America, state and federal officials say.

But the FBI discovered that Alwan had been arrested in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006 and confessed on video made of his interrogation then that he was an insurgent, according to the U.S. military and FBI, which obtained the tape a year into their Kentucky probe. {snip}

In 2009 Alwan applied as a refugee and was allowed to move to Bowling Green, where he quit a job he briefly held and moved into public housing on Gordon Ave., across the street from a school bus stop, and collected public assistance payouts, federal officials told ABC News.


Last year, a Department of Homeland Security senior intelligence official testified in a House hearing that Alwan and Hammadi’s names and fingerprints were checked by the FBI, DHS and the Defense Department during the vetting process in 2009 and “came in clean.”

After the FBI received the intelligence tip later that year, a sting operation in Kentucky was mounted to bait Alwan with a scheme hatched by an undercover operative recruited by the FBI, who offered Alwan the opportunity to ship heavy arms to al Qaeda in Iraq. The FBI wanted to know if Alwan was part of a local terror cell–a fear that grew when he tapped a relative also living in Bowling Green, Hammadi, to help out.

The FBI secretly taped Alwan bragging to the informant that he’d built a dozen or more bombs in Iraq and used a sniper rifle to kill American soldiers in the Bayji area north of Baghdad.


Alwan even sketched out IED designs, which the FBI provided to ABC News, that U.S. bomb experts had quickly determined clearly demonstrated his expertise.


The case drew attention at the highest levels of government, FBI officials told ABC News, when TEDAC forensic investigators tasked with finding IEDs from Bayji dating back to 2005 pulled 170 case boxes and, incredibly, found several of Alwan’s fingerprints on a Senao-brand remote cordless base station. A U.S. military Significant Action report on Sept. 1, 2005 said the remote-controlled trigger had been attached to “three homemade-explosive artillery rounds concealed by gravel with protruding wires.”


Worse, prosecutors later revealed at Hammadi’s sentencing hearing that he and Alwan had been caught on an FBI surveillance tape talking about using a bomb to assassinate an Army captain they’d known in Bayji, who was now back home–and to possibly attack other homeland targets.


Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller briefed President Obama in early 2011 as agents and Louisville federal prosecutors weighed whether to arrest Alwan and Hammadi or continue arranging phony arms shipments to Iraq that the pair could assist with, consisting of machine guns, explosives and even Stinger missiles the FBI had secretly rendered inoperable and which never left the U.S.

But agents soon determined there were no other co-conspirators. An FBI SWAT team collared the terrorists in a truck south of Bowling Green in late May 2011, only weeks after al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan and Obama had visited nearby Fort Campbell to thank the SEALs and Army Nightstalker pilots for their successful mission. The Kentucky al Qaeda case drew little attention as the nation celebrated Bin Laden’s death.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    So what? People either approve, or they grunt about it on Amren and don’t do anything.
    “Dozens” more refugees are on their way.
    Let’s welcome them to California and New York with open arms!!!

    • dmxinc

      Short of doing a Breivik, what are people supposed to do?

      Write your congressman? Done that. Lobby congress directly? Done that. Vote? Done that. Be a delegate to a political convention? Done that. Campaign for the right candidates? Done that.

      Things are way past the point of no return.

    • Anon

      The strongest proof that terrorism is a lie is that there is none despite decades of non-existent security.

  • Well well, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

    You know who lives there, don’t you?

    Mr. “We’ll find a place for illegal aliens.”

    Looks like the Feds found a place for some Iraqi terrorist jihadists. In his home town.

    • I believe the applicable saying in this case is “Sweets to the sweet.”

    • Mergatroyd

      This is the second time you’ve mentioned “someone” in Bowling Green, Kentucky and for the second time I have no idea who you are talking about. So why don’t you tell us already.

  • Triarius

    I’d put the number of terrorists let into the U.S. to be between 30 and 50 million, depending if you count their spawn.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Most terrorists work for the US government, are white and are POS. Ted Kennedy and John McCain come to mind.

    • Garrett Brown

      I heard some of them moved to Boston…

  • bigone4u

    Pardon me for being paranoid, but I doubt that allowing these soldiers for Allah into the US was a mistake. The powers that be want us terrified, so that we depend on them and OBEY. Obedience to authority is the highest value of a slave. And “they” intend that we become their slaves. Free men will disobey and face death rather than submit.

  • dmxinc

    Iraqi “Refugees”.


    Why didn’t our presidents (Bush and Obama) give orders for every Iraqi seeking asylum to be turned around, handed a weapon and told to fight for “Iraqi Freedom”?

    If our 18 years are tasked to do it, so could every man, woman and child in Iraq.

    I wish we could get a government that looks our for our interests for once.

  • NordicHeritage

    Who would have ever thunk it? Considering how this government operates nothing is beyond the realm of believability anymore.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    This was no mistake, the Zionists and their white accomplices intentionally let them in. They will of course bombs buildings and kill innocent white Americans whose blood will be used by hostile aliens as the excuse to impose martial law so the REAL terrorism against us can begin. On my dying breath, I curse the ruling elite and pray these terrorists along with vengeful white working and former middle class white Americans will be gunning for THEM and everything they hold dear.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Iraqi refugees=Another excuse for jews and christians to wreck the nation.
    Any non-white is as good as any for the jews for White nation wrecking.
    If they happen to be terrorists, so much the better.

    Meanwhile, the Episcopalians, Catholics and Lutherans make out like bandits
    as “voluntary agencies” with their “refugee resettlement” rackets. Money is stolen
    from Whites and pilfered by these pious frauds, these race-traitor Tartuffes, to make
    every White area of the country as “diverse” and bizarre as possible.

    Have you ever wondered why Minnesota has the Twin Cities that people call “Minneapolis and Mogadishu” because there are so many Somalis in them? Yeah. Those good ol’
    “judeo-christian values” are to thank. Thanks guys, for all the arab and black terrorists!
    Thanks a lot!

    • Mergatroyd

      The refugee industry is also a form of war on whites. Those in charge pay off the Christian churches handsomely for bringing in Somalis, bantus and other violent blacks from Africa, in the name of Christian charity. Anyone who contributes to these churches is complicit in bringing in Somalis, Ethiopians, Eritreans and dumping them in YOUR community, child’s school and neighborhood.

      Ask the mayor of Lewiston, Maine what happened when he objected to African refugees dumped into his community to overwhelm social services and bring crime into his majority- white community. He was called every name for racist, Nazi and hater.

      Not only that, the Christian churches have been subverted to work in the interests of non-whites and foreign countries of the NWO and NOT for their white parishioners base. I don’t know of one that is worth a damn, and anyone here is free to correct me if I’m wrong, which is too bad. If Christian churches worked in the interests of the people it mostly serves and fund it, whites, they wouldn’t be dying out as they are. Christian churches are one more in a long list of formerly-white major, institutions gone.

  • Spartacus

    Diversity is our greatest terrorism .

    • Mergatroyd

      Nothing good comes of it.

      Diversity is war against the white race. Maybe we could use that as a mantra.

  • DaveMed

    When will liberals learn that their pet causes, seemingly almost all conceived as spur-of-the-moment whims (for sheer silliness), will be their own ultimate destruction?

    /rhetorical question

  • Hopefully the thing that people take away from this is that they get wind of the refugee racket.

    And also…maybe a certain someone from Bowling Green, Kentucky will start talking about and taking action on more important issues.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States

    Really? Who’d a thunk it?

    This did not happen by mistake. And neither did the media release of the “mistake.” This is a distraction to take the focus off of Obamacare.

    And, it was done on purpose.

    But, not to worry! The NSA, DHS and the FBI will protect us from any murderous terrorists, just like they did with the Boston Marathon bombers.

  • Whirlwinder

    This is just one reason for chucking our immigration system and starting over with an emphasis on protecting our autochthonic population.

  • Greg Thomas

    Uh, they were not let in by “mistake.” It was intentional!

  • Transpower

    This is just egalitarian crap–“everyone is equal.” Hogwash. We should only take in immigrants who will fit in with America’s founding documents.