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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.

Mondello promises to use federal agencies to target ISIS recruiting in T&T

Donald Trump's pick as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, has told a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that if confirmed, he would seek help from federal agencies to reduce the rate of ISIS recruiting in T&T and would urge T&T to drop its OAS support for Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Mondello, 80, also said he would address sex and drug trafficking and support human rights and women’s empowerment, during questioning on Wednesday.

Imam fears Trini executed in Iraq is his relative

An uneasy feeling has gripped Imam Nazam Mohammed, as reports surfaced on Tuesday that a Trinidadian woman was sentenced to death in Iraq for her affiliation with the Islamic State (ISIS).

Mohammed, who heads the Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat in Rio Claro, said if the news is true, it could be either his daughter or one of three granddaughters he believes are being detained by the Iraqi government for their connection with the terror group.

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