Monday, 23 November 2015

Dillon To Hold DAESH/ISIS Talks With Umar Abdullah

Why is the Trinidad and Tobago Government bothering to hold discussions with this man who is/was on an international terrorism watch list for his support of Al Qaeda and who by his own admission is responsible for many of the Trinidadians deciding to join the ISIS slaughterhouse?

Based on media reports and having myself heard both the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister speak on the ISIS threat, I get the impression that there is a reluctance on the part of the government to adopt a heavy handed approach in its treatment of, and response to, the return of Local ISIS combatants to these shores. Both gentlemen seem to be almost unwilling to take a definitive position on the matter, as if hoping to get their cue from our "international partners" (Dillon's most used term") on what should be a simple decision for a sovereign Trinidad and Tobago to make in respect of how it treats with threats posed to its national security by its very own citizens.

Source: Newsday

Dillon to hold ISIS talks with Abdullah
Monday, November 23 2015

UMAR ABDULLAH, the man who confessed this week that he was once on the verge of joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), will meet with National Security Minister Edmund Dillon tomorrow.

Dillon confirmed the meeting to Newsday yesterday saying that it was a scheduled meeting at the request of Abdullah, who leads the Waajihatul Islaamiyah (Islamic Front). Abdullah, 48, said yesterday that he has since secluded himself from the public glare over what he described as intimidating phone calls, and, he now fears for his life.

Abdullah was once sought by British Intelligence and the CIA for supporting Al-Qaeda and a movement for Jihad (Holy War) against the oppression of Muslims, mainly in the Middle East.

He told Newday yesterday that he is hoping to discuss with the Minister of National Security tomorrow, the issue of 75 nationals of this country who are believed to have left our shores, some with their families, to travel to ISIS-inhabited Syria and Iraq.

Asked what he would discuss with Abdullah at tomorrow’s meeting, Dillon told Newsday that the issue would obviously come up for discussion, regarding Trinidadians who have travelled to Syria and other war-torn Arab countries.

Abdullah told Newday in an interview on Saturday, that as far as he was aware, 75 Trinidadians have left this country to fight with Islamic groups.

He said he condemned the move, though he himself was once motivated to join ISIS to be a frontline fighter. “But good sense prevailed,” Abdullah, who lives in Bon Accord, Tobago, said, “and I realised that would have been the biggest mistake of my life.” At least six of those “brothers” have been killed, Abdullah said.

He added, “I’m glad that I put myself through a process of learning.

I have tried to convince these brothers who have gone there, that they were making a big mistake of their lives. Having said that, we must examine what lured them, and it is not economic benefit.

They live very basic lives here with their families and were ostracised.

Combined with the atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia, Palestine, Iraq and Syria, mainly because of their religion, one would hardly resist, if one has a conscience and believe in right and wrong.” Abdullah said he left Tobago days ago since his public condemnation of ISIS, and he has been staying at another location in order to safeguard himself and his family. Abdullah’s movements, accorpding to intelligence reports in the Police Service, are being monitored by a Special Branch officer. Asked what he intends to discuss with Minister Dillon tomorrow, Abdullah said that the planned meeting starts at 11.30 am, and he intends to update the Minister on the fate of Muslims who have travelled to the far-flung Arab countries, and to make a plea for their re-integration into mainstream society upon their return.

Abdullah said, “I dont think the issue as to whether they should be allowed to return home arises. They are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and they are in possession of valid passports.

“However, the issue is how they should be treated — whether there should be programmes to counsel them.

“To help them financially.

I think the information these brothers would bring back, would help to strengthen our own security and, to deter others who might be minded to want to join organisations such as ISIS.” Asked by Newsday whether he was aware that Islamic cleric Ashmead Chote from Princes Town has also gone to Syria, Abdullah said that he had been so informed. “Yes, I’ve heard so, but there is not much I am willing to say about anyone, including Chote, regarding their affiliations with ISIS or any other such group.” Abdullah said that he would issue a public statement after his meeting with Dillon.

Why is the Trinidad and Tobago government pussyfooting on this urgent issue? The entire world has seen the barbarity of ISIS mercenaries and the destruction of which they are capable of. Every country in the world including those who are not likely ISIS targets want to keep their combatants out of their respective jurisdictions. But in Trinidad and Tobago the Government cannot make up its mind and is entertaining discussions about how they should treat with them.

One would have thought by now the government would have moved to revoke their passports and would be busy drafting legislation to revoke their citizenship as well, rendering them stateless, and permanently barring their re-entry.

PNM lethargy is something we have grown accustomed to. We hope that this new Rowley led administration breaks with this tradition.