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US Admiral: People can be radicalised easily

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The movement of people throughout the Caribbean region and the rest of the Western Hemisphere who have been radicalised into joining Isis is of great concern as it is easy for people to be radicalised.

This concern was raised by the head of the US Southern Command Admiral Kurt Tidd on Monday at The Pentagon in Washington. He was addressing reporters.

Seeking to correct a misquote of Tidd’s statement in a Stars and Stripes publication, the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain sent the video of Tidd’s remarks concerning T&T and Isis.

Tidd mentioned that the T&T Government had spoken of 100 individuals that left to join Isis.

He added that that by itself was an indicator that individuals have been radicalised.

“This pernicious message has taken root and so it is one of concern to the government of T&T. They have focused on it and I think it is an area that we all have to take into consideration,” Tidd said.

In this regard answering a question of concerns that Isis fighters may attempt to infiltrate the US, Tidd said they were increasing and improving their efforts to prevent the movement of individuals either to the battle zone or to return.

“It is that movement of the message and the ability of radicalisation to occur via the internet that gives us all a significant concern,” he said.

He added that there was increased attention that has been paid and successful efforts of the international community coming together and working to counter Isis.

“Because of their effort and the ability to detect the flow of fighters it has had some success in keeping some of those returning individuals from coming back through within the region, Tidd said.

He admitted though that according to his conversations with partners throughout the region in the past he thought that there was an unwillingness to acknowledge that perhaps they had a problem with radicalisation from these extremist messages.

“Now it is a matter of routine conversation that we have and which we recognise as we saw in our own country as we have seen in other countries it’s all too easy for radicalisation to occur.

“We must have our eyes open and be on the lookout for the signs,” Tidd said.


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