Red Eye Chicago - - News - By Glenn Kessler

im­pro­vised road­side bombs in Iraq. The FBI, af­ter ex­am­in­ing frag­ments from thou­sands of bomb parts, found Al­wan’s fin­ger­prints on a cord­less phone that had been wired to det­o­nate an im­pro­vised bomb in 2005.

The ar­rests caused in up­roar in Congress, and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pledged to re­ex­am­ine the records of 58,000 Iraqis who had been set­tled in the United States. The ad­min­is­tra­tion also im­posed new, more ex­ten­sive back­ground checks on Iraqi refugees. Me­dia re­ports at the time fo­cused on how the new screen­ing pro­ce­dures had de­layed visa ap­provals, even as the United States was pre­par­ing to end its in­volve­ment in the Iraq war.

“The en­hanced screen­ing pro­ce­dures have caused a log­jam in reg­u­lar visa ad­mis­sions from Iraq, even for those who risked their lives to aid Amer­i­can troops and who now fear reprisals as the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion winds down the U.S. mil­i­tary pres­ence,” the Bal­ti­more Sun re­ported.

The Los An­ge­les Times re­ported that U.S. of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged de­lays but were try­ing to speed up the process:

At a Septem­ber 2011 con­gres­sional hear­ing, Sen. Su­san Collins asked Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano if there had been a

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