America is vulnerable to attack by Islamic extremists from a southern flank but not where you think according to US Southern Command chief General John Kelly who oversees security in the Caribbean Sea and all lands south of Mexico.
The number of ISIS devotees living in or coming from the Caribbean is rising he said.
He said top ISIS leaders in a “few very, very radical mosques” in the region are directing wannabe terrorists to direct attacks from their homes instead of traipsing to the Middle East.
The numbers aren’t large but they are growing.
“It seems like the Islamic extremists and terrorists have shifted a lot of their message, and that is, ‘Hey, rather than come to Syria, why don’t you stay at home and do San Bernardino, or do Boston, or do Fort Hood?’” Kelly said Friday at a Pentagon press briefing.
About 150 radicals have left from the Caribbean to join ISIS in the last year.
Warheads in Paradise: Jamaica is a popular tourist destination, but the island has long been used by smugglers [Gallo/Getty]
Warhead: The term warhead refers to the explosive and/or toxic material that is delivered by a missile, rocket, or torpedo.
Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island lies about 90 miles south of Cuba and 119 miles west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean.
A story blipped by on the news radar yesterday that I sincerely doubt anyone noticed – oh, but you should. Not just because Jamaica has arguably the highest murder rate in the world, or that it is a drug and weapon smuggling haven… Things just got hotter even in Jamaica — police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets as well: