Sunday 16 June, 2019

Captured ISIS fighter thought to be Trini

ISIS fighter Zaid Abed al-Hamid, a US citizen, is believed to originally be from Trinidad.

ISIS fighter Zaid Abed al-Hamid, a US citizen, is believed to originally be from Trinidad.

A man who is allegedly from Trinidad originally, Zaid Abed al-Hamid, has been captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, fighting for militant group, the Islamic State.

His captured counterpart was named as Warren Christopher Clark. The two were captured by the SDF during the fighting and are being labelled as "American". CNN reporters say Clark is reportedly from Texas, but for al-Hamid there has been "no location on him".

According to a report from the BBC, which was also carried in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Independent UK, al-Hamid was among a group of people caught planning a terrorist attack on fleeing Syrian civilians.

He was arrested along with two Pakistanis and one Irishman, suspected fighters involved in an operation to clear a region of northern Syria of remaining IS fighters.

Extremism researchers, according to the article, say Hamid may originally be from Trinidad.

Author Simon Cottee, who is writing a book about Trinidadian IS fighters, told the New York Times that Hamid’s name appears on a database of 130 men from Trinidad who are believed to have joined the group.

A 2015 video from the Islamic State features a man believed to be Hamid discussing his conversion to Islam and the difficulties he experienced in practising his faith in Trinidad.

"Even though I had a very comfortable life in Trinidad, there was something that's telling me, you know, that I don't belong in this place," he says in the propaganda video.

Reports indicate that he taught English as a Second Language as a substitute teacher at the Fort Bend Independent School District during the period January 2009 to November 2011.

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