Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2016

Trinidadian ISIS fighters captured in Turkey, newspaper reports

ISIS-isil-iraq-740ANKARA, Turkey – Four Trinidadians fighting with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS or ISIL) were caught by Turkish security forces last year, according to a report in a Turkish newspaper.

Hürriyet Daily News yesterday published an article in which it reported that the Turkey government last month released a list of 913 foreign jihadists from 57 countries who had been caught in Turkey in the first 11 months of 2015, and its sources had indicated that four Trinidad and Tobago citizens were among them.

No other Caribbean country was mentioned.

Earlier this month, Commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) General John Kelly said that about 100 Islamic extremists left the Caribbean to join ISIS fighters in the Middle East last year and the number had risen to about 150 this year.

He expressed concern about those citizens returning to the region and carrying out terrorist attacks.

Meantime, according to the Hürriyet, China tops the list with 324 citizens caught in Turkey fighting for ISIL. There were 99 foreign fighters with Russian passports, 83 Palestinians, 63 fighters from Turkmenistan, 57 from Afghanistan, 44 from Indonesia, 19 from Germany and the United Kingdom each, 18 from France, six from South Korea, five from Australia, and two from the Maldives.

Two American citizens were among those caught, as well as fighters carrying Syrian passports, it added.

The newspaper reported that most ISIL fighters attempting to cross into Syria through Turkey claimed they were simply trying to look for their relatives.

It added that some of the fighters crossing into Turkey from the Syrian side of the border said they had fled ISIL oppression, while others said they had been given bomb training at ISIL camps in Syria and were planning to conduct attacks inside Turkey.

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