Tag: Caribbean

Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, addresses the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Commander: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ a Threat to U.S. in Latin America

China’s decision to expand its ambitious multi-trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative to Latin America may create security vulnerabilities for the United States by allowing Beijing to expand its influence over the region, the chief of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) cautioned lawmakers.

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Trinidad & Tobago ‘Largest Per-Capita’ Islamic State Hotbed in Western Hemisphere

Up to 125 jihadists and their relatives have traveled from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago to join the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East, making the country “the largest per-capita source” of recruits for the jihadist group in the Western Hemisphere, reports the Associated Press (AP).

A Muslim Cuban man reads the Koran at the Abdallah mosque during Ramadan in Havana, on July 1, 2016. The small Muslim community of Cuba celebrates discreetly the end of its Ramadan. / AFP / ADALBERTO ROQUE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROMANE FRACHON (Photo credit should read …

Muslim Population in Latin America Grows 25% Amid Radicalization Concerns

Islam had an estimated 3 million adherents in Latin America and the Caribbean as of the end of last year, marking an increase of nearly 25 percent from the 2.3 million who were residing there in 2010, a Breitbart News analysis of U.S. Department of State (DoS) data shows.

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Islamic State Magazine Showcases Caribbean Jihadis Thwarting Local Police

The latest issue of the Islamic State (ISIS) magazine, Dabiq, features two stories on jihadis based in the Caribbean – one an interview, one an obituary – encouraging Caribbean islanders to abandon Christianity and join the jihad. In both stories, the jihadis in question boast of having been arrested, investigated, and ultimately released.

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Government of Jamaica Fights Zika with Dancehall Reggae Anthem

The Jamaican Ministry of Health is using dancehall reggae to warn its citizens to exercise extra caution to avoid creating potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes as the Zika virus pandemic sweeping South America threatens to travel north to the Caribbean.

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Cuba Returns Mistakenly-Shipped Hellfire Missile to U.S. 20 Months Later

The rogue regime of Cuba has returned an American Hellfire missile that somehow arrived in Havana after NATO operators in Europe shipped it there instead of Florida almost two years ago. American officials have not said whether the missile, a dummy model, shows signs of having been taken apart for study.

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Top U.S. General: Caribbean Mosque Has ‘Associated Itself’ with Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) chief has indicated that one of a few “radical” mosques in the Caribbean has linked itself to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), noting that the number of Islamic extremists in that region intent on attacking Western targets has increased in the last year.

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Smuggling Human Beings More Profitable than Illegal Drugs

Smuggling human beings has become a more profitable commodity than smuggling drugs. Just one person can command a profit of up to $100,000 for human smugglers, according to one criminologist in the Caribbean. That “premium package” could get the migrant a new identity, foreign passport, legitimate documents, and a plane ticket to the US.

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Drug Smugglers Shifting US-Bound Routes Back to Open Waters

The 1980s and early 1990s were very busy times for the US Coast Guard with regards to maritime drug interdiction in Caribbean waters. After the demise of Colombian cartels, much of that drug traffic shifted to land routes in Mexico and across our southwest border.