Intelligence report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

There is insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States, according to analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm.

Citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States, says a draft document obtained by The Associated Press.

It concludes that few people from the countries President Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the US since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

President Trump used terrorism as a primary justification when he announced the now court-blocked travel ban in late January.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen does not dispute the report's authenticity, but says it was not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence.


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