Top Anti-ISIS Envoy Says ISIS Could Infiltrate Refugee Flow to Get to U.S.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 25, 2015 in Washington. (PHOTO CREDIT: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 25, 2015 in Washington. (PHOTO CREDIT: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The United States should be wary of the potential for ISIS operatives to infiltrate the flow of refugees into the West, Gen. John Allen, the president’s top envoy on the coalition to defeat ISIS, told ABC News today.

“I think we should watch it. We should be conscious of the potential that Daesh may attempt to embed agents within that population,” Allen said in an interview with Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, using another common moniker for the terror group.

But Allen was quick to say that he’s confident in the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s abilities to defend against such threats. “I have confidence that they’ll work very, very hard to prevent them from getting into the country,” Allen said.

The White House said Thursday it wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees it takes in next year, from 1,500 so far in 2015 to roughly 10,000 in fiscal year 2016, which starts Oct. 1.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Justin Fishel