The Caribbean and the ISIS Threat

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A few years ago is was all about Al Qaeda, now the world has become preoccupied with the threat from ISIS. Although some will challenge the degree to which the two terrorist organizations […]have been manufactured by the foreign policy of the West,

BU is concerned that the Caribbean may be dragged into a cesspool of geopolitics in the near future.

Immediately after the Paris terror allegedly carried out by ISIS, it was reported that three Syrians with fake passports were arrested in St. Maarten. As if this is not cause for worry for Caribbean residents – who live in one of the more peaceful geographies in the world – there is the more worrying development coming out of Trinidad. It is being reported by the venerable traditional media in Trinidad that hundreds of its citizens have joined the ISIS fight.  Is there any doubt Barbadians should be very concerned?

Several events in recent weeks point to a ramping up of global unrest in the ME. Note BU has not mentioned the Black on Black violence also ramping up in several countries in Africa which appears to be a horse of a different colour. What appears to be man’s inhumanity to man rampaging across the globe surely will touch God’s country in a direct way at some point. We have to admit the assurances from Prime Minister Stuart et al provide little comfort we in this part of the world are able to defend our borders from any terrorist threat.

The following commentary by  David Jessop addresses the issue of whether the Caribbean is immune from what the West has branded an ISIS threat.


Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean is not immune

Published on November 21, 2015
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By David Jessop
The sensitive subject of terrorism in a Caribbean context is a matter this column has addressed before with some caution. However, following recent events in Europe it is clear that it is an issue that now needs to be taken more seriously in the region as those who wish harm to the world begin to deploy their ‘foreign policy’.

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274 Comments on “The Caribbean and the ISIS Threat”

  1. MoneyBrain December 1, 2015 at 8:39 PM #

    Immigration does not teck Paki Rupees NOW?


  2. greenmule December 1, 2015 at 9:31 PM #

    “We now think ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq”


  3. greenmule December 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

    Terrorist group Islamic State earns millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey, Iraqi MP and former national security adviser, Mowaffak al Rubaie told RT. He also revealed that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals.

    “In the last eight months ISIS has managed to sell … $800 million dollars worth of oil on the black market of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria through the borders to Turkey and sold …[at] less than 50 percent of the international oil price,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said in an interview with RT.

    “Now this either get consumed inside, the crude is refined on Turkish territory by the Turkish refineries, and sold in the Turkish market. Or it goes to Jihan and then in the pipelines from Jihan to the Mediterranean and sold to the international market.”


  4. David December 2, 2015 at 1:03 AM #

    Why are they not bombing the oil trucks on the way to the refinery?


  5. millertheanunnaki December 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

    The British Parliament has just voted in favour of Air strikes against Daesh (ISIS) in Syria.
    397 for military action; 223 against.

    What could be the ramifications for this turn of events? More mayhem on the streets of cities in the UK or deadly reprisals against Britons abroad. Caribbean especially Barbados brace yourselves.


  6. greenmule December 2, 2015 at 9:28 PM #

    U.S. dismisses Russia’s claim that Turkey’s president buys oil from ISIL.

    US administration are LIAR.


  7. greenmule December 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM #

    Despite mounting evidence of ISIS oil smuggling, the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq is not striking convoys of oil trucks heading to Turkey, Russia’s General Staff has said.
    “It’s hard not to notice” the thousands of trucks used by terrorists for oil smuggling, Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, deputy commander of the General Staff, said at a briefing in Moscow on Wednesday.

    READ MORE: Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil trade

    “However, we see no strikes on those convoys by the coalition – only a tripling in the number of strategic UAVs has been observed,” he said.

    With the US and its allies unwilling to act, the Russian Defense Ministry has reported the locations where Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) oil tankers are concentrated, Rudskoy said.

    Vehicles parked 8km west of Zakho, Iraq ©
    The deputy commander stressed that defeating IS would be impossible without curbing its main source of income – the illegal oil trade – and urged the coalition to strike IS oil infrastructure.


  8. greenmule December 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM #

    Russian Defense Ministry reveals ‘evidence’ linking Turkey and ISIS
    December 2, 2015


    Mass media briefing “Russian Federation Armed Forces fighting against international terrorism”. Source:
    Turkey is the primary consumer of oil stolen by Islamic State from its lawful owners, i.e. Syria and Iraq, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

    “Based on information we possess, the country’s top political leadership, President Erdogan and his family, are involved in this criminal business,” Antonov said at a press conference in Moscow on Dec. 2, which is being broadcast by the Rossiya-24 news TV channel.

    Ministry of Defense has also shown photos of trucks transporting ISIS oil to Turkey, made near the Turkey-Syria border.


  9. Colonel Buggy December 2, 2015 at 11:24 PM #

    millertheanunnaki December 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM #
    The British Parliament has just voted in favour of Air strikes against Daesh (ISIS) in Syria.
    397 for military action; 223 against
    Politicians,eh. Dave Cameron sided with the Irish Republican Army and its associates, and condemn the actions of the British Soldiers, over an incident in Derry, NI.

     43 Years later British soldiers are still being charge for MURDER, for  an operation, which the same politicians sent them on in 1969. 

    Now the same British Government is asking the flyboys of the Royal Air Force to bomb targets in Syria, lets hope that when the shi* hit the fan that our brothers-in-arms, will have the full support of the government of the day,and not sold out , like so many servicemen in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland who had to face the law courts on Murder charges.
    They used to say that every soldier, has a General’s Baton in his kit bag Today’s soldiers, have the name, phone number and e-mail address of a good lawyer in his kit bag.


  10. Well Well & Consequences December 3, 2015 at 4:24 AM #

    The armchair warriors will claim, as usual, plausible deniability, to cover their coward asses.


  11. Well Well & Consequences December 3, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

    The nightmare continues.


  12. MoneyBrain December 3, 2015 at 4:18 PM #

    These Radical Muslims had a 6month old and yet attacked as terrorists!!!
    Combining Ideology with Religious Brainwashing is a very powerful force which it seems can only be stopped by DEATH! Hence we must act to fulfill their desire asap!

    CNN just ran Barry O’s usual speech after such events and showed like the last10 occasions he has spoken on mass shootings. Question—what has Barry actually done to stop this???
    Did you see that a 9 yr old was shot in Chicago because his Dad is a gangster?
    Time has long since come to take action against all this bad behaviour.


  13. MoneyBrain December 3, 2015 at 4:23 PM #

    The authorities knew this guy had gone to Saudi in 2013 and went to Pakistan since. They knew he had contact with terrorists by several media –telephone, emaill etc.

    Why would they not know he was buying guns, ammo, clothing etc. These 2 should have been dealt with a very long time ago. This nonsense must stop. Change any Laws getting in the way!


  14. de Ingrunt Word December 3, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

    @MB, what exactly would you suggest that Barry do? What exactly can a president, a mayor or a police chief do to stamp out the action of a 9 yr old being shot in Chicago because his Dad is a gangster?

    Particularly when the same Republican congress and Texas legislature are adamant that they WILL NOT change one SINGLE gun law to deny citizens ability to buy guns.

    Now, let’s be clear that easy purchase of a gun vis a vis high crime has a ‘tenuous link’ because criminals will source their weapons regardless of laws.

    BUT what need is there in a civilized society for average citizens to purchase ASSAULT weapons? Money and greed…Fancy homes and political donations is the need that’s being fueled of course.

    Frankly, the desire of the gun lobby to have as many people armed & dangerous every day at work or at play seems more likely to be enacted as a foil against these attacks that Pres Obama’s and his coterie of legislators who want to enforce greater gun control.


  15. MoneyBrain December 3, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

    BO or whoever is President (I do appreciate that it is complex) should certainly make it far more difficult to buy a gun. They should institute a Gun policy that if a gun is used in the commission of a crime that fact leads to 5-10yrs plus the sentence for that crime. US should legalise or at least decriminalise Ganja and some other illegal drugs. Those in prison/jail should be properly educated according to their abilities/ demand for certain skill sets and that obviously goes for every young person.
    There are not many options for dealing with the Projects where gangs are in control besides disarming them and taking brutal but well meaning control so that the decent majority can succeed. Decriminalising Ganja et al will cut the competition for the drug trade as profits will quickly diminish and Tax could be generated to pay for Education/ Training. This current situation is disastrous for those poor peeps and aggressive action is a must.

    This nonsense that everytime terrorists attack the authorities were tracking, he went to Saudi, he was emailing ME terrorists, looking at Terrorist websites. Why not go after them BEFORE they attack asap when we have info that they are behaving in certain ways. Why do they need to go to Saudi? etc These types should be under very close electronic surveillance and should have been aware that the consequences for any Terrorist like habits leads to prison or worse.

    We can not play games or even by our rules with these types who will kill for fun. These people just had a baby for God’s sake and that did not stop them!!!!!! These types MUST be eliminated!!!


  16. Colonel Buggy December 3, 2015 at 6:29 PM #

    But how do the Caribbean intend to deal with any ISIS threat, which is bound to come, bearing in mind that we have failed miserably to deal with the burgeoning gun culture among our very own sons.
    After so many gun related murders and injuries in Barbados during this year, it was most uncomfortable to hear the Acting Attorney General , commented after two young men were killed in his constituency, that parliament have to sit down and look at this.
    What have they been doing?


  17. Well Well & Consequences December 4, 2015 at 2:39 AM #

    Money….the NRA and GOP don’t want to change any laws, they want to sell GUNS and AMMO….the bottomline.


  18. Well Well & Consequences December 4, 2015 at 2:41 AM #

    Forgot to mention there has been 352 shootings in 326???? Days in the US, it’s urban warfare.


  19. Well Well & Consequences December 4, 2015 at 2:47 AM #

    Colonel….parliament has been busy sittng down anf looking at any and everything else, that’s all they do.

    Money… legitimizing marijuana in the US, that’s another battle, as jails and prisons, like arms and ammunition, are businesses, money making enterprises.


  20. MoneyBrain December 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM #

    WW and The Col,
    Exactly why I often say that Benevolent Dictatorship is the way to go to solve these problems quickly. We know there are interests that want to profit and perpetuate this nonsense ie illegal drugs, gun sales, profit prisons etc. Which potential Pres will lead the charge to solve?


  21. Well Well & Consequences December 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

    MoneyB……to answer your question……none. Profit prisons were started from the days of Angola Slave Plantation in the Dirty South, chasing down runaway slaves, it then morphed into Angola State Prison, which is in existence to this day, it can be seen as a compromise to those who continue to perpetrate greed at the expense of others.

    No president will risk dismantling that version of capitalism, ya see, though the prison population is 95% black, everyone goes to prison, another compromise.


  22. TheGazer December 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

    Someone touched on two of my favorite topics;
    Profit prisons: It is a shame that private companies”run” the US prison system. You can actually buy their stocks. Justice or big business.

    Marijuana: After ruining the life of millions with a set of drug laws, now they have figured out a way to make a buck off of selling marijuana. What is going to happen is that after it is legalized, John will be caught transporting a truckload (well beyond the legal limit) and his butt will be jailed. Some will be selling it and making money behind a cash register; some will be using it with a prescription; and the same set of folks will be doing time.


  23. MoneyBrain December 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

    The Gazer

    If Ganja is legalised it will be sold at the Corner store just like cigs or alcohol, taxed etc. This may come soon in Canada. After Prohibition of alcohol were people still jailed for conducting business legally? Legallising Ganja et al will drop the crime rate considerably especially if the TAX $$$$$$ revenue is properly used in education and training (in subjects where the skills/ knowledge is in high demand) with an emphasis on poor communities.


  24. Hants December 4, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

    Wha gine on in Babadus ? Advocate online shyt down.

    Now this.

    EMERGENCY SERVICES HAVE been rushed to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) headquarters.


  25. Donna December 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM #


    If power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely I figure that benevolent dictators would be in short supply. How will we know when we’ve found one?


  26. Hants December 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM #

    and this…..

    MORE THAN 40 employees of the high-end Apes Hill Club are off the job, after being locked out of their place of employment this morning


  27. MoneyBrain December 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM #


    I certainly agree and recognise that problem, hence why I have not made a concerted effort to become the Benevolent Dictator of Bdos or Canada, because people have great difficulty evaluating . Naturally, I have every confidence that I would operate well in that role, being incorruptible, seeking top notch counsel from the best and cleverest in various spheres.

    Democracy sounds great until we have a situation like the USA where a very high proportion of the population is receiving some form of income from the Govt. These people have the same vote as working people so it does not take a genius to figure out that those receiving cash will vote for those who take from the hard working to give to them. Needless to say Pols will do anything to receive votes and attain power, actual sensible, honest Leadership is not in their minds.

    Intelligent people know that the most efficient and effective form of Govt is Benevolent Dictatorship as proven in Singapore.


  28. TheGazer December 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM #

    I understand your reasoning.

    However, there will always be those who will not have a building or cash register and will still be trying to sell it. There will be limits on the amount you can have in your possession but a few will try to have a truck load. Some communities will use it in the streets without harassment and some communities will continue to play cops and dealers.

    Prohibition ended long ago, but you can still get moonshine in some areas.


  29. MoneyBrain December 4, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    The Gazer
    True but the overall size of the problem should be vastly reduced if handled properly.


  30. greenmule December 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

    ISTANBUL – Militants fighting in Syria for the so-called Islamic State have been flocking to hospitals in Turkey after being wounded in battle, sources tell iPolitics.
    A psychologist with an American NGO who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not permitted to grant interviews said, “ISIS has been using hospitals in Adana.” Adana is a southern province in Turkey near the Syrian border.


  31. Colonel Buggy December 4, 2015 at 11:29 PM #

    We as a nation are as prepared for ISIS, as we were for EBOLA.
    We will continue our usual stance as “Helpless spectators”


  32. Colonel Buggy December 4, 2015 at 11:40 PM #

    greenmule December 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM #
    ISTANBUL – Militants fighting in Syria for the so-called Islamic State have been flocking to hospitals in Turkey after being wounded in battle, sources tell iPolitics.
    A psychologist with an American NGO who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not permitted to grant interviews said, “ISIS has been using hospitals in Adana.” Adana is a southern province in Turkey near the Syrian border.
    One wonders if Turkey really is a signatory to the Geneva Convention. Those wounded Militants should be handed over to a neutral country or treated as POW’S. Unless they are Turkey’s allies.
    These hospitals in Adana may very well become targets.


  33. Vincent Haynes December 5, 2015 at 5:02 PM #



  34. Colonel Buggy December 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM #

    We have seen what may be the start of a series of random bomb threats on the island. With the decrease in the number of public telephone call boxes , the two telephone service providers, should be able to easily pinpoint the source of these calls, whether its from a land line, mobile phone or call box.


  35. de Ingrunt Word December 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    @Vincent, which part of the story in interesting? That Turkey is buying oil from ISIL or that the US supports the ISIL terrorists?

    Clearly ISIL has been finding a conduit for its oil and reports that it’s been going through Turkey have circulated. Why the oil fields have not been disabled is indeed a very interesting question but it’s not as simple as the ‘see oil infrastructure- bomb oil infrastructure’. Consideration to the environment is still important.

    That said obviously more can be done and should have been done from day one.

    But two points to note. One) If the US and its allies were as callous and indifferent to the needs and lives of every-day Syrian and Iraqi citizens, and the environment then all the oil tankers would have been bombed to oblivion and wells would have spewing toxins and smoke endlessly for months.

    Two) The Russians are not innocent players in this matter as they have protected the Assad regime from inception.

    Other reports advise that ISIL sells oil to some of the same rebel towns they otherwise fight. Surely some go to Turkey as well but some also goes to other parts of the region.

    So it’s facile and under-informed for other reports to suggest that the ISIL war can be stopped if the capitalist greed of the US was curbed. No doubt that drives part of the argument but certainly a much SMALLER part than conspirators would have us believe.


  36. Vincent Haynes December 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM #

    de Ingrunt Word December 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    @Vincent, which part of the story in interesting? That Turkey is buying oil from ISIL or that the US supports the ISIL terrorists?

    A different narrative……..always 3 sides to a narrative…….waiting for the third.


  37. MoneyBrain December 6, 2015 at 11:22 AM #

    The US has no reason to support Oil production in Iraq, since the current problem is Oversupply in the US and Globally. Also if ISIS has control it does not benefit Iraq. The Russians are masters of propaganda and please remember that Putin is Mr KGB!


  38. Exclaimer December 7, 2015 at 3:02 AM #

    ” German vice-chancellor accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Islamic extremism in the West
    In a highly unusual moment of a Western politician attacking a critical Arab ally, Sigmar Gabriel says the time has come to make it clear to Riyadh the time of looking away is over ”


  39. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 8, 2015 at 7:33 AM #

    A rifle’s journey from Belgium to Gaza

    “Three years ago, arms experts spotted a single advanced Belgian rifle in the hands of militants in Gaza. But how had a group listed by the EU and the US as a terrorist organisation obtained the weapon? Arms expert Nic Jenzen-Jones and the BBC’s Thomas Martienssen have tracked its journey.”

    Read it at

    Then answer me a riddle, given the 16 bags dat certain merchandani merchants does bring unchecked into the airport, or the chasis that are filled with cocaine that the Office of the Attorney General go to throw out the case because the chasis gone missing from the evidence room, or some ingrunt administrative matter, wunna tink dat we going has any problems wid High Power Weapons like dese?


  40. Vincent Haynes December 8, 2015 at 12:46 PM #

    Interesting take on the reason for ISIS



  41. Colonel Buggy December 10, 2015 at 8:03 PM #

    Who needs ISIS when we have our very own industrial suicide bombers among us. The problem with us is that we have very few standards . And those few are not policed.
    A truck carrying transporting a load of Oxygen and Acetylene bottles together, and in a horizontal position to boot.


  42. Colonel Buggy December 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM #

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 8, 2015 at 7:33 AM #
    A rifle’s journey from Belgium to Gaza

    From the photo It looks as if along with the guns, went the British style/ design Disruptive Pattern Material combat suits. A package deal?


  43. pieceuhderockyeahright December 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    @ colonel Buggy

    You are a man whose moniker is not a mek up name like mine. Mine was actually an adaptation of a curse word sorry sentence that some people who was digging up de road in front de ole man driveway, when I used to drive, call de ole man when I start to drive out de Austin Cambridge and de marl dat Dem dig up start going back in de hole dem dig, imagine how dem call de ole man a piece uh badword cause I tell dem dat blocking up a driveway wid a car in it, din mek sense and dat dem like dem got goat parts…

    Only a military man would look at all of those cylinders so carelessly exposed and recognize them as explosive ordinance in the making and a threat which our ingrunt Defense and Security personnel, our Fire Marshall, our Health and Industrial Safety experts, generally dem sheeple dat can’t get miss ram marchandani to mek she one door Campus Trendz number two waiting to happen, safety compliant.

    The DDPM as you know should be dessert fatigues since this two for the price of one has made the designer blind jihadists target practice for the Arizona based drones and death from the air…dem may be ruthless but Dem ent too bright…


  44. MoneyBrain December 10, 2015 at 8:49 PM #

    ISLAM WAS BANNED FROM THE USA IN 1952 but Obama doesn’t want you to know that, nor does he respect or uphold US law.

    The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States.

    That Act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the US and remains in effect today.

    Among the many issues it covers, one in particular found in Chapter 2, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry in to the US if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by force, violence or by other unconstitutional means.”

    This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States but this law is being ignored by the White House.

    Islamic immigration to the United States would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam which is antithethical to the United States government, the Constitution and to the Republic.

    All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government.

    Now the politically correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the United States because Islam is a ‘religion.’

    Whether it is a ‘religion’ is immaterial because the law states that aliens who are affiliated with any organization that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited.
    Immigration and Nationality Act


  45. Exclaimer April 17, 2016 at 1:57 PM #

    @ David,

    Have you been checking out the news from Paris, France?


  46. David April 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM #

    Thanks Exclaimer, saw a story on BU’s Twitter feed but dismissed it as an Onion yarn. Unbelievable.

    On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 5:57 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:



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