ISIS

Trini woman living in regret after joining ISIS

A Trinidad and Tobago woman who left this country to join ISIS, says she deeply regrets the decision.

She is one of four women who joined the caliphate and are now among tens of thousands of ISIS family members, mostly women and children, crammed into squalid camps in northern Syria overseen by the US-backed Kurdish-led forces who spearheaded the fight against the extremist group.

They were interviewed by the Associated Press (AP).

Gailon Lawson, of Trinidad and Tobago, said she began to regret her decision even before she reached the "caliphate".

T&T national held plotting ISIS-type US attack, US news agency reports

A report by one US news agency is claiming that a man held in Maryland plotting to carry out an ISIS-type attack, is from "Trinidad".

According to reports, the Maryland man is accused of plotting to drive a stolen U-Haul truck into crowds at National Harbor in an ISIS-inspired attack.

FOX 5 has reported that Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Trinidad.

However, dozens of other media reports that also reported on the matter, have not made that link.

National Security team to probe detention of TT minors in Syria

A special team set up by the Ministry of National Security has been investigating the detention of two minors at a refugee camp in Syria.

According to a release issued by the Ministry of National Security today, the unit, dubbed ‘The Nightingale Team’, established contact with the children's mother. 

The release adds that the mother did not go on record reporting that the children had been abducted by their ISIS fighter father and taken to Syria. 

Another 'Trini' captured fighting for ISIS

One of the men who appeared in an ISIS video speaking about life in Trinidad and Tobago has been captured fighting with ISIS in Syria.

Several international news agencies, including the BBC and New York Times named him as 35-year-old Zaid Abed al-Hamid. 

The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed the capture on Sunday. 

Al-Hamid is believed to have had dual citizenship, as he spent several years living in the United States.

US sanctions 2 Trinis for funding ISIS

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated and sanctioned two T&T nationals  - an Emraan Ali and one Eddie Aleong - as financiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror network.

In a release, the US Department of the Treasury revealed, "As of January 2017, a Trinidadian ISIS supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong, to transfer funds to Emraan Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters in Syria."

US official: Let nationals who travelled to ISIS territories come home

Director of Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at US Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, Irfan Saeed, is lobbying Government to allow citizens who travelled to ISIS conflict zones in the Middle East, in particular women and children, to return home if they desire. Once here, however, he said Government should give them support so they can go on to re-establish their lives where possible.

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