Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fears that ISIS could be targeting tourists in the Caribbean

(Daily Mail) Tourists visiting the Caribbean islands are being warned about possible attacks by ISIS militants returning from from the Middle East.

Terrorists coming from Trinidad and Tobago are attempting to return home as ISIS loses ground in the Middle East.

When asked about the risks of ISIS members returning to Trinidad and Tobago, Maj. Gen. Edmund Dillon, minister of national security for that country, said, ‘It is not a matter of yes, but when.’

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is taking measures to prevent fighters from returning to the islands, according to PJMedia.

‘Per capita, Trinidad has the greatest number of foreign fighters from the Western Hemisphere who have joined the Islamic State,’ John Estrada, a former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, told The New York Times.

Fighters from Trinidad and Tobago have risen high up in the ranks, and gain respect for speaking English.

ISIS has used them to spread propaganda throughout the Caribbean, Estrada added.

Trinidad and Tobago has a population of about 1.3 million and about 104,000 of them are Muslim.

At least 130 of them have traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS, according to Trinidad figures between 2013 and 2014.

In 2007, terrorists from Trinidad and Tobago as well as Guyana planned an attack at the JFK International Airport in New York. The terrorists were sentenced to life in prison in 2012.

“The suspects were Russell Defreitas, a United States citizen and native of Guyana who was the alleged ringleader and worked for a time at the airport; Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana and former member of the Guyanese National Assembly; Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago; and Abdel Nur, a citizen of Guyana and uncle of former world welterweight boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis” states Wikipedia regarding that 2007 attack.

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  1. Could be a big problem if ISIS-trained militants return to the Caribbean to become a new breed of ruthless criminals.

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