Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trinidad Muslims Fighting With ISIS

The tentacles of the Islamic State have reached as far as Trinidad and Tobago. According to the government there, "several" citizens from Trinidad are either fighting with or aiding ISIS and other terrorist groups.

National Security Minister Gary Griffith said the government has learned of the involvement of its citizens in overseas militant activity from foreign intelligence agencies that he did not identify.

Some of the country's citizens taking part are fighters and others are providing logistical and financial support, Griffith said in an interview.

"There are those who are sympathizers, those who are providing financial support for the cause, those who are working in passport and immigration and lending other forms of assistance," he said.

He declined to say how many people there are, beyond "several," but said the government is concerned about the potential for a security threat in the future.

"What we are concerned about now, and a decision has to be made on this by the National Security Council, is how we deal with such persons who have gone to the Middle East and now want to return here," Griffith told The Associated Press.
This, from a country that has a small Muslim community, only 5 percent of the 1.2 million people living there.

Then again,  it's not the first time they've had to deal with Muslim extremism.

In July 1990, a militant Islamic group stormed Parliament in an attempted coup and took the prime minister and his Cabinet hostage. The coup attempt by Yasin Abu Bakr and 113 members of his Jamaat al Muslimeen group resulted in the deaths of 24 people, most during looting that erupted in the capital of Port-of-Spain.
On Wednesday, Bakr was denied entry to Jamaica after arriving on a commercial flight from Trinidad. Jamaica's immigration agency said Bakr was barred from entering "in the interest of national security" and plans were being made to return him to his homeland.
Another Trinidad man, Kareem Ibrahim, was convicted in May 2011 in the U.S. of participating in a failed plot to blow up jet fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Authorities said the planned attack was meant to avenge what the plotters perceived U.S. oppression of Muslims around the world.
The Miami Herald claims there are around 50 Trinidadian jihadists fighting overseas. One of whom was identified as Shane Crawford, 28.

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