Despite condemnations from Muslim leaders all over the West, Muslims from the West and the world over continue to travel to join the Islamic State. This is because of the power of the idea of the caliphate — which Obama Administration officials are forbidden to study and consider when evaluating its appeal, since it would take them too close to linking Islam to terrorism, a cardinal sin these days.
At least “several” citizens of Trinidad & Tobago have traveled overseas to aid militants including the group known as the Islamic State, the national security minister of the Caribbean nation said Wednesday.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith said the government has learned of the involvement of its citizens in overseas militant activity from foreign intelligence agencies that he did not identify.
Some of the country’s citizens taking part are fighters and others are providing logistical and financial support, Griffith said in an interview.
“There are those who are sympathizers, those who are providing financial support for the cause, those who are working in passport and immigration and lending other forms of assistance,” he said.
He declined to say how many people there are, beyond “several,” but said the government is concerned about the potential for a security threat in the future.
“What we are concerned about now, and a decision has to be made on this by the National Security Council, is how we deal with such persons who have gone to the Middle East and now want to return here,” Griffith told The Associated Press.
The country of 1.2 million people has a small Muslim minority, about 5 percent of the population, and community leaders have condemned the providing of any assistance to the Islamic State group….