Another Trinidadian captured fighting for ISIS

Zaid Abed al-Hamid, 35, has been captured fighting for ISIS in Syria. Photo: Trinidad Guardian

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — One of the men who appeared in an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) video speaking about life in Trinidad and Tobago has been captured fighting with ISIS in Syria.

Several international news agencies, including the BBC and New York Times named him as 35-year-old Zaid Abed al-Hamid, the Trinidad Guardian reported.

Al-Hamid is believed to have dual US and Trinidadian citizenship

The New York Times reported that his name appears in a database of 130 Trinidadians who joined the Islamic State that is maintained by Simon Cottee, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Kent who tracks the group.

Hamid had been identified as an extremist since at least 2011, the report said.

According to Cottee’s database, Hamid joined the terrorist group on April 6, 2014, along with his wife and his three children, the Guardian reported.

He appeared in an ISIS video, sitting by a stream, speaking about how his family could not practice their faith in Trinidad.

According to the New York Times, a similarly spelled name — Zaid Abdul-Hamid — appears in a cache of ISIS registration forms indicating that he provided a reference for a recruit from Trinidad and Tobago when that recruit joined the group in 2014.

The form indicated that Abdul-Hamid was in Raqqa, Syria, at that time.



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