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The Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (Isis) has already established
a presence on the ground in T&T.
That is the view of criminologist
He was speaking in reference to
a recent video posted on Facebook
which has gone viral showing chil-
dren learning to shoot assault rifles
at a training camp. A man with a
distinct Trinidadian accent can be
heard instructing the children in
Speaking to the Sunday
Guardian on Thursday, Figueira
said, "There are already elements
of an Isis organisation on the
ground in Trinidad.
"As long as you have people
leaving T&T and going to Syria to
fight with Isis, you have to have
a recruiter here.
"You can t just talk to somebody
on the Internet, walk in and say
you want to be a shaheed (martyr)
or mujahadid (fighter), buy a plane
ticket to Turkey and cross into
"Isis is paranoid about spies
infiltrating the organisation. Some-
body with the credentials has to
vouch for you."
He said Isis put out videos of
public beheadings of even teenagers
accused of being spies and used
stringent security screening to vet
people who want to join and fight
in their ranks.
At a Pentagon briefing in March,
US Marine General John Kelly said
that Caribbean countries such as
Jamaica, T&T, Suriname, as well
as Venezuela were concerned about
the militants returning home to
conduct terror operations because
they could not be monitored or
tracked. He said they could easily
slip into the US.
Figueira said the language the
man with the Trinidad accent in
the video was using and what he
was seeking to inculcate in the
children was straight out of the
He said Isis released videos
showing children in Syria and Iraq
being trained to be mujahedin---
guerrilla warriors engaged in jihad
or holy war.
Figueira said this was entirely
different from African warlords
using child soldiers. Isis has a spe-
cific agenda to train two genera-
tions of mujahedin in Iraq and
He said they were taking boys
as young as three years old and
placing them in special schools
where they were drilled and indoc-
trinated in the specific ideology of
Isis which focused on constant
jihad or never-ending warfare.
Figueira said military training
was part of the Isis curriculum,
which sought to mould the per-
sonalities of the very young to the
Isis world view.
He said the greatest act a male
Muslim could perform was to die
a martyr s death.
Isis 'has foothold in T&T'
Criminologist Daurius Figueira, the
author of the book, Cocaine Traffick-
ing in The Caribbean & West Africa
in the Era of The Mexican cartels, says
questions must be raised about a drug
turf war in Enterprise, Chaguanas, as
presented in the media.
Figueira said if it was a turf war
over a drug block, it was the tamest
and most non-violent turf war in the
history of T&T where no one had
He said when there was a move afoot
in T&T by one gang to take over a
lucrative drug block held by another,
the invading gang would attempt to
seize the drug block by killing the leader
in command of that block and his lieu-
"You don t sneak around a track in
a ravine taking some potshots and then
run back," Figueira said.
"It is concerted war that involves
killing and getting rid of the leadership
of the block that you want by any
"I want to know how come the lead-
ership on both sides are still alive."
When it was suggested that the lead-
ers might be heavily protected, Figueira
said in a war for a drug block anybody
connected to the leadership was a target,
including family members, in a war of
When asked if the Enterprise troubles
were compromising the country s secu-
rity, Figueira said the drug trade had
compromised it since the 1960s.
In a telephone interview on
Friday, NOC executive director
Garvin Heerah said the video
had engaged the attention of
the NOC and by extension all
intelligence and law
He said NOC was monitoring
the situation and engaging in
meaningful dialogue with other
agencies in conducting an
Heerah said National Security
Minister Carl Alfonso had
instructed that they were to
leave no stone unturned in their
investigations and intelligence-
gathering on this matter.
HEERAH: NOC MONITORING TERRORISTS
Criminologist Daurius Figueira
'Something not adding up
with Enterprise drug turf war'
United National Congress (UNC) campaign man-
ager Rodney Charles has slammed the People s
National Movement (PNM) for what he describes
as PNM distortions that have crossed the line.
In a media release yesterday, Charles said the habit-
ual distortion and manipulation of facts by the Oppo-
sition PNM and its leader, Dr Keith Rowley, have
crossed the line with the latest attempt to create
doubt about the legality of the date of the 2015 general
He was referring to PNM vice chairman Colm
Imbert s claim that President Anthony Carmona was
not informed in writing about the date for the general
Charles said: "The leader and members of the
Opposition have for quite some time been pushing
the boundaries with clear attempts to distort the
facts and cause panic. But this latest claim, especially
in the face of clear facts, is an outright attempt to
deceive the population and must be condemned.
"It is reckless and deceptive and it appears that
in the absence of plans and policies to take this
country forward, that this is the kind of campaign
Dr Rowley and his party intend to carry on in the
Charles said a formal statement was issued by the
Office of the Prime Minister, which outlined the facts
explicitly that a letter was sent to then Acting Pres-
ident, Raziah Ahmed on June 15, indicating Monday,
September 7, 2015, as the date to be fixed for the
It added that the Office of the President responded
by letter dated June 17, confirming September 7, as
the date for the general election, and that nomination
day would be Monday, August 17, 2015.
UNC accuses PNM of distorting facts
A member of the Muslim community rides along Postman Road in Enterprise,
Chaguanas, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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