ISIS terrorists use fake passports from ‘Enshede’

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When rebels raided an ISIS safe house in northern Syria, they secured dozens of passports stolen from Westerners, Al Aan TV reports.

Among the many real passports was also this forged Dutch passport signed by the mayor of ‘Enshede’. Since there is no place called Enshede (but Enschede exists), border controls should have no problems stopping the holders of other copies.

Using the sch-sound to separate the good guys from the bad has long been practice in the Netherlands and Flanders, especially since foreigners don’t seem to be able to pronounce it correctly. The Flemish are said to have used the war cry ‘schild ende vriend‘ (shield and friend) during the Battle of the Golden Spurs to differentiate themselves from the French, and fishermen returning to the main land after the Nazi attack on 10 May 1940 were told to use the password Scheveningen to tell them apart from German agents.

I am guessing the forger wrote the name Enschede the way he heard it.

(Link: RTL Nieuws, Photo: Al Aan TV / RTL Nieuws)

2 Comments »

  1. I visited Scheveningen with my wife. She told me that story, and since I am not bad on my -sch sound, I might be able to pass. It’s stuff like -ui that trips me up.

    Comment by Bill — May 18, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

  2. Don’t order the ‘beschuit met muisjes’ and you’ll be fine.

    Comment by Branko Collin — May 18, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

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