Trinidad & Tobago tries to halt fighters to Islamic State

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (AP) — A Caribbean island nation has become an unlikely source of fighters and funding for the Islamic State militant group, prompting an internationally backed effort to stem the flow of money and recruits to Syria and Iraq.

Security officials and terrorism experts believe that as many as 125 fighters and their relatives have traveled from Trinidad and Tobago to Turkey and on to IS-controlled areas over the last four years, making the country of 1.3 million people the largest per-capita source of IS recruits in the Western Hemisphere.

The Islamic State has put out propaganda videos and magazines featuring bearded fighters with lilting Trinidadian accents training in the desert with sniper rifles and encouraging their countrymen to join them.

  • BillyHW

    Muslims are a cancer wherever they exist, even in the tiniest numbers.

    • pdxnag

      Seed corn, bad-seed corn.

  • tom_billesley

    With the end of slavery, Britain shipped indentured labourers from India to work in sugar plantations in the West Indies. The main destinations were British Guiana (Guyana), Trinidad and Jamaica. Islam came with them.

    • canminuteman

      It’s time to nuke Mecca. At the very least we can stop pretending they are an ally. It’s not like we even need their oil anymore.

  • canminuteman

    Pretty scary. I have relatives who retired to Tobago, They have lived there for a long time now,