A Syrian passport. One such passport which was used by a refugee who landed in the Greek islands in early October was found on or near the body of one of the Paris attackers. Photograph: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/Corbis

Concerns over the presence of a Syrian passport near the body of a dead suicide bomber have led to claims that the EU must introduce a stricter immigration regime between member states.

But steadier heads have pointed out that there are many possible reasons for the document to have been where it was, without being a damning indictment on the system as it stands.

This Writer has seen several articles suggesting that the Paris attacks were carried out under a ‘false flag’ – in other words, that it was not the work of Daesh (who some call IS) but that of another agency, working to gain an advantage of its own.

More often than not, these conspiracy theories are flights of fancy but there is a possibility that this one might have an element of truth. That’s not to suggest that Daesh didn’t carry out the killings; it is simply possible that somebody could have taken advantage of the atrocity for their own political ends.

Take a look at some of the evidence [boldings mine]:

One of the most chilling details from the Paris attacks is that the passport of a Syrian refugee was found on or near the body of a dead suicide bomber. The Greek government has subsequently said that someone using the passport was among the refugees who landed in the Greek islands in early October, and the Serbian government says the passport was again used to cross its southern border a few days later.

This development has increased fears of Isis infiltrators among the thousands of desperate refugees arriving in Europe. Allies of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, have voiced security concerns over her open-door policy and one, the Bavarian finance minister Markus Söder, told a German newspaper: “The days of uncontrolled immigration and illegal entry can’t continue just like that. Paris changes everything.”

The new government in Poland is using the news as a reason to back out of an agreement to take in several thousand Syrians. And the front page of the British newspaper the Mail on Sunday stated definitively that the attackers “sneaked into Europe as fake Syrian refugees”.

Investigators still need to verify the Syrian passport was carried by an attacker rather than a dead bystander (one Egyptian passport-holder initially believed to be an assailant turned out to be an injured victim). They will then need to be certain that the passport’s carrier was the same as the passport’s legitimate owner. It’s possible that it was stolen.

[Another] red flag is the fact that the passport concerned was found in the first place. Analysts find it strange that a bomber would remember to bring his passport on a mission, particularly one who does not intend to return alive.

What do you think?

Source: Why Syrian refugee passport found at Paris attack scene must be treated with caution | World news | The Guardian

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