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Trinidadian Abu Sa d at Trinidadi is
among Isis spokesmen from several coun-
tries who have urged sympathisers, includ-
ing among T&T Muslims, to launch home
turf attacks against Christians.
at-Trinidadi s story is featured in the July
edition of Dabiq, Isis online magazine being
published since 2014. It is aimed at recruit-
ment, unitarianism, truth-seeking, migration
and holy war among matters.
The July edition, issued last weekend and
obtained by T&T Guardian last Sunday, is
based on the theme "Break the Cross." It
features Christian converts, including at-
Trinidadi , from the US, Canada, Finland
and Jamaica who have called for supporters
to destroy "Christian disbelievers." Following
last week s issue of the magazine, news
broke of nine suspected T&T nationals
detained in Turkey en route to join Isis.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon
said yesterday Government was probing
both that issue as well as the Dabiq report.
Dillon spoke to the T&T Guardian after a
meeting with law enforcement heads as well
as international officials. Intelligence agencies
are tracking the descriptions in the article
against information on those individuals
known to have gone to Syria over 2011-
The Dabiq article has now been featured
widely on French, German, European and
UK agencies, US sites and global anti-ter-
rorism watch groups and western media.
The Isis warning follows recent terrorist
attacks in Europe, including the killing of
a French priest last week by two teenage
Isis sympathisers. In the Dabiq article, T&T
foreign fighter (FTF) At-Trinidadi claimed
to be a former Christian convert to Islam
who was "...now one of a large number of
mujahidin from T&T" with Isis.
The article features pictures of other T&T
nationals with Isis, including former Cunupia
resident Shane Crawford, one of the T&T
nationals who has been positively identified
as joining Isis and South Trinidad Islamic
scholar Ashmead Choate, whom at-Trinidadi
credits with furthering his path to jihad.
Claiming to be a sniper, at-Trinidadi said
he was involved in crime before leaving T&T
and was accused of being among those plot-
ting to kill former prime minister Kamla
He claimed he and two T&T colleagues
---Abu Abdillah and Abu Isa---were the first
three Muslims to join Isis. He said the other
two have since been killed. He claimed about
60 per cent "of the mujahidin from
Trinidad" come from Muslim families with
the remaining 40 per cent being converts.
In the article, at-Trinidadi sent a message
to "the Muslims of Trinidad." He said the
first part of his message was "to those who
claim Islam and yet blindly follow the muftis
and imams...." He asked them to return to
the "true" religion. He called on others to
"perform hijrah to the land of Islam... You
wanted your children to live in a land where
Allah s law is the highest, yet you now remain
in a place where you have no honour..."
He added: "I also say to you my brothers,
you now have a golden opportunity to do
something that many of us here wish we
could do right now. You have the ability to
terrify the disbelievers in their own homes
and make their streets run with their blood...
They are bombing your brothers and sisters
day and night in the land where Allah s law
is supreme. "It is an obligation upon you
to act and force them to think thrice before
bombing the Muslims. Therefore, terrorise
the disbelievers and make them feel fear
everywhere, even in their own bedrooms.
Due to their mere disbelief, their blood by
default is lawful to spill."
The message emphasised the Isis lead-
ership s insistence "not to differentiate
between disbelieving soldiers and their so-
called "civilians." At-Trinidadi continued:
"Attack the interests of the Crusader coalition
near you, including their embassies, busi-
nesses and civilians. Burn down their gov-
ernment institutions just as they try to bomb
our buildings where Allah s law is upheld.
"Follow the example of the lions in France
and Belgium, the example of the blessed
couple in California and the examples of
the knights in Orlando and Nice...
"... If, however, you abandon your brothers
while continuing to live in the shade of an
enemy at war with Islam, within a petty
distance from many Crusader interests, then
do not be shocked if Allah strips you of the
speck of faith remaining in your dying hearts,
as a punishment for your sin and insincerity."
At-Trinidadi sent a message to Christians
to follow Muhammad. "If you refuse, then
the only thing between you and us is the
'Committed murder in TT'
On how he found his way to jihadism, he
said: "There was a faction of Muslims in
Trinidad known for militancy. Its members
attempted to overthrow the disbelieving
government but quickly surrendered, apo-
statised and participated in the religion of
democracy, demonstrating they weren t
upon the correct methodology of jihad.
"In my case, like so many others, the
da wah to jihad took hold of me through
the lectures of Shaykh Anwar al- Awlaqi.
After listening to his various lectures repeat-
edly, I gained a firmer understanding of
what we as Muslims were supposed to be
He said South Trinidad Islamic scholar
Ashmead Choate, who went to Syria between
2012 and 2013, furthered his path to jihad.
"...Shaykh Ashmead Choate, he had stud-
ied hadith and graduated from one of the
T&T Isis fighter rallies compatriots to violence:
Islamic colleges in the Middle East. He made hijrah
to the Islamic State and attained martyrdom (killed)
fighting in Ramadi."
At-Trinidadi said he and his two friends decided
to join Isis "but we had some unfinished business
with some disbelievers who had wronged the Muslims
in the community. Our tickets were already booked,
and we were ready to depart within a week but we
felt guilty leaving without finishing what needed to
be taken care of. We decided to delay our hijrah and
there soon came an opportunity to exact revenge on
the two kafir criminals we were hunting.
"The operation was carried out in the middle of
the city in broad daylight and was caught on cam-
era. It wasn t our plan for it to occur that way but
it happened. Following the operation, Abu Abdillah
and Abu Isa were arrested, and I went into hiding.
"We decided we had to leave Trinidad nonethe-
less...Abu Isa was released pending investigation.
Abu Abdillah was also released. We left Trinidad one
by one. I left first along with my wife, followed by
Abu Abdillah, then Abu Isa. We met up in Venezuela."
Arrested in T&T
He added: "Abu Abdillah, my wife and I were
arrested at one point but the police were not able
to make a case against us. We were nonetheless
charged for possessing guns and ammunition. They
seized my computer and phones and found the videos,
books and lectures on jihad. The taghut government
of Trinidad then plotted against us, claiming that we
were planning on assassinating the prime minister
and a number of other ministers in order to cause
chaos and panic in the country.
"That would have been an honour for us to attempt
but the reality of our operations was much smaller.
We were imprisoned for terrorism along with some
Muslims who merely knew us, as well as others whom
we had never even met before...They were unable to
make a case against us and we were freed... despite
being placed under surveillance, we went back to
doing what we knew we had to do."
He was referring to the state of emergency called
by the then People s Partnership government in 2011
when several suspects were rounded up and impris-
oned on charges of plotting to kill then prime minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, only to be released months
later when the State could not produce sufficient
evidence to prove their cases.
At-Trinidadi said the hardest thing in being with
Isis was losing many close friends. He said colleague
Abu Isa was killed in Marista while Abu Abdillah
was killed in the Aleppo countryside during his time
He said another TT national, Abu Samir, was shot
and had to leave for medical treatment.
photograph of a T&T
national clad in sniper
article published in the
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