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Trinidad Court Freezes Assets of International Terrorist



The assets of Trinidadian-born ISIS fighter Shane Crawford have been frozen in his homeland, on the heels of the United States classifying him as a global terrorist.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi announced that an application was filed under Section 22 of the twin-island republic’s Anti- Terrorism Act to freeze Crawford’s funds. The order was granted on Friday.

Al-Rawi said the development followed several months of intelligence sharing and investigative co-operation between Trinidad and Tobago and the US and United Kingdom.

“Such action against Crawford…represents a new threshold in T&T’s fight against terrorism and the spread of violent extremism ideologies,” he said. “Vigorous work continues domestically and with our international partners in respect of Mr Crawford and other persons and entities of interest.”



Crawford is now the 341st individual or entity listed under the Anti-Terrorist Act.

“We have more listings which would be sent to the court very shortly,” the Attorney General added.



Crawford was among five people whom the US Department of State added to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists last Thursday.

The State Department said the Trinidadian – also known by the names Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi, Asadullah, and Asad –  is believed to be a foreign terrorist fighter in Syria carrying out terrorist activity on behalf of ISIS, including acting as an English language propagandist for the group.

The designation means that US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with him, and that all of his property and interests in property under US jurisdiction have been frozen.

However, it is unclear whether Crawford is even still alive.

In an interview with the Trinidad Guardian in February, his mother said she had not had any communication with him since October 2016, despite previously hearing him on a regular basis.

Before leaving Trinidad, Crawford was detained during the 2011 state of emergency along with 14 others believed to have been part of a plot to assassinate the then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

However, they were all later released and Crawford left the twin-island republic in November 2013 to go to Syria. He was one of the first Muslims known to have left Trinidad and Tobago to join ISIS.



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Trinidadian man who made headlines last year when he admitted to killings in his homeland and urged Muslims still living there to wage jihad in the twin-island republic, has now been categorized by the United States as a global terrorist.

Shane Dominic Crawford – whose also goes by the names Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi, Asadullah, Shane Asadullah Crawford and Asad – is among five people whom the US Department of State yesterday added to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under an executive order which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or the country’s economy.

The 31-year-old Crawford is “believed to be a foreign terrorist fighter in Syria carrying out terrorist activity on behalf of ISIS, including acting as an English language propagandist for the group,” the US State Department said.

The SDGT designation means that US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with Crawford or any of the others – Sudanese El Shafee Elsheikh; British extremist Anjem Choudary; Sami Bouras, a Swedish citizen of Tunisian descent; and New Zealand national Mark John Taylor – and all of their property and interests in property under US jurisdiction have been frozen.

The US State Department said yesterday’s action notifies the US public and the international community that Crawford, Elsheikh, Choudary, Bouras, and Taylor have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.

Last year in an interview with ISIS magazine Dabiq, Crawford spoke about his own “jihad endeavour” in his homeland. He admitted that he and a few of his Muslims brothers took revenge “whenever the disbelievers in Trinidad would kill or harm a Muslim”.

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Crawford, identified in the article as a sniper for ISIS, was one of the first three Muslims to leave Trinidad and Tobago to join the terrorist organization.

The former Christian who converted to Islam left his homeland for war-torn Syria in 2013.


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United States officials are reportedly concerned that Trinidad and Tobago nationals who have joined ISIS could return and pose a threat to US interests.

Following President Donald Trump’s call to Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over the weekend, the New York Times carried a report in which it outlined the US concern about the twin-island republic, a country described as “a breeding ground for extremists”.

The article, entitled ‘Trying to Stanch Trinidad’s Flow of Young Recruits to ISIS’, quoted a White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as saying that in that weekend telephone conversation, they spoke about terrorism and other security challenges, including foreign fighters.

Trump, who campaigned on an explicit ban of all Muslims from entering the United States, recently moved to prevent citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia – from entering the US for an initial period of 90 days. However, that ban was blocked by the courts. Trump will next week sign a new executive order for an updated travel ban that will address some of the issues brought up in the courts. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said it will be a “tighter, more streamlined version of the first executive order”.

“American officials worry about having a breeding ground for extremists so close to the United States, fearing that Trinidadian ISIS fighters could return from the Middle East and attack American diplomatic and oil installations in Trinidad, or even take a three-and-a-half-hour flight to Miami,” the New York Times article stated.

It pointed to Trinidad’s history of Islamist extremism – specifically the failed coup by a radical Muslim led by Yasin Abu Bakr in 1990; a Trinidadian jailed for life in the US for his role in a plot to blow up Kennedy International Airport; and that 130 people have made the trip to Syria join ISIS from Trinidad.

It also noted that, according to former US Ambassador to Trinidad John Estrada, Trinidad has the greatest number of foreign fighters per capita from the Western Hemisphere who have joined the Islamic State.

In fact, the New York Times quoted Juan S. Gonzalez, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, as saying that the bulk of Islamic State fighters from Latin America originated in the twin-island republic and the numbers underscore a risk of lone-wolf attacks in the region.

“Is the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, prepared for these guys to return back to their countries? This is a real vulnerability,” he warned.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley got a surprise calls from American President Donald Trump during which the leader of the twin-island republic was invited to Washington.

Although not much was disclosed about the conversation, the US Embassy in Trinidad said that in the call from Trump, which came around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, the leaders “spoke about a number of issues of mutual interest to Trinidad and Tobago and the United States”.

It said the two agreed that both administrations would continue to strengthen the relationship which exists between the two countries.

The Embassy also mentioned Trump’s invitation to Rowley on its social media pages.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the strong security partnership and agreed to continue close coordination in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. President Trump invited Prime Minister Rowley to visit Washington, D.C., in the coming months,” it added.

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Meantime, the Embassy announced earlier today that the US is working with the twin-island republic to fight money laundering and terrorism financing.

It said that John Murphy, an economic crime advisor from US Treasury, is currently working with the T&T government regulatory, intelligence, investigative and prosecutorial entities to enhance capabilities and respond to concerns raised in the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s Mutual Evaluation Report.

The technical assistance is based on an agreement signed between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago in August 2016.


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Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on March 31, 2017 at 7:35pm

Trinidadian Among Persons Identified By US As International Terrorist

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 3:55 PM

The United States has named Trinidad and Tobago national Shane Dominic Crawford among a group it calls Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

The State Department says Crawford and other foreigners identified as El Shafee Elsheikh, Anjem Choudary, Sami Bouras and Mark John Taylor are believed to be foreign terrorist fighters in Syria carrying out terrorist activity on behalf of ISIS, including acting as an English language propagandist for the group.

Crawford was among people detained in an alleged plot to assassinate then Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar in the 2011.

No charges were ever laid against them.

The State Department said the Trinidad and Tobago national and the others, whose nationalities were not disclosed, have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has confirmed that several of its citizens are fighting in Syria as part of ISIS.

Comment by Dave on March 31, 2017 at 6:36pm
Lots more Americans and Europeans signed up.
Comment by Ab Gai on February 27, 2017 at 3:06am
@Mervin E Yearwood

You've never more on target with your message. Thank you!
Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on February 26, 2017 at 7:37am

Image result for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley Dr .K.Rowley

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on February 26, 2017 at 7:35am

Dr Keith Rowley please engage this viper with due caution he means no good to your nation. The people of TNT are of a complex nature and cultures that co existed for many generation some times good and at times with turbulence.The people Trinidad and Tobago know how to governance for themselves .

Comment by Brian O'Reilly on February 25, 2017 at 6:53pm

@Ab Gia, you are very correct,,remember President Ronald Reagan, citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribbean nation of Grenada by that nation's Marxist regime there?  

T&T's situation is  no different except the  severity of the threat,,,T&T had  better  look out.

But this  goes much much deeper.

As Nicola Hinds said that "they are  after the oil",,,Well you are  partially correct.

You see  Exxon Mobil is now  in control one of the richest oil and natural gas discoveries in decades close-by in Guyana. Trinidad's oil deposits  pale in comparison.

Let's connect the dots here.

The  oil discovery didn't happen overnight..has been in the  works for over a decade.

You see the previous administration led by  Bharrat Jagdeo  was corrupt, out of control and  were aligned with the Arabs. ,but  once a more favourable administration took control of Guyana (David Granger) the oil find was was announced...hmmmm 

While this was  going on  Halliburton was buying up the now bankrupt oil infrastructure in Venezuela as the country's economy was falling apart....(why you ask?) But that was  miscalculated... the  people  of Venezuela are very radical, large in numbers, hate the Americans and would difficult to control..

Where else close-by is there oil  infrastructure that is capable of  handling the  crude oil since none exists in Guyana?

Next Trump names  Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state.

Connecting the  dots?

I could be wrong,,but this is  food for thought.

All I can say is that  it may not turn out to be a bad thing for either country, as long as their officials put the citizens of their respective countries needs first and  not  line their pockets.

1) It would quell the  out of  control crime wave in T&T and  bring more money to their  coffers.

2) Would also  go a  long way (and it  already is happening) to boost the  economy of Guyana and improve infrastructure...Granger seems  to  be  doing right by his people...He's.Slow but steady...we are seeing the improvements manifest.

So my friends alignment with the USA could mean big gains (and some pain) for all at home.

We now don't  have to live in the USA to enjoy a piece of the  pie and  benefits.

It just has to be  manages  judiciously and up to our citizens to keep our politicians in line..Remember they work for  us and are people just like us...stop making them feel aloof and entitled and  accountable to their  office. 

What do you think?

Comment by Ab Gai on February 24, 2017 at 11:16pm

People got short memories boy. Whenever the white man goes to a non majority white country and expresses a "concern" in it, you should better be concerned. This is not the first time in recent history a US president has expressed an interest in Trinidad. George Bush tried it, and he came with the same concern of "we need to save Trinidad from the terrorists". We told them no thanks then, I'm sure theyll tell trump no thank you again. Because they wanting oil comes with the premise that we must go against Venezuela and we should separate from the common wealth and the list goes on.

So beware when the white man comes to you to save you, say no thank you. Ask the native Americans.

Also if trump was really concerned about "Muslim terrorism" then he would have put Saudi Arabia on his Muslim ban list.
Comment by Big Woman on February 24, 2017 at 12:32am
Leave we alone!
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 23, 2017 at 8:11pm
Does this mean party done
Comment by YES PAPA!! on February 23, 2017 at 5:56pm
All you stupid Pinheads talking about Trump want Trinidad oil when the fact is this twin island Trinidad & Tobago is Infested with Terrorist. Trinidad soon fall on the travel ban list to America. What Trinidad think, their terrorist ties to isis it would go undetected???






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