(Barbados Today) Radicalized Caribbean nationals returning home from fighting alongside the so-called Islamic State (IS) – otherwise called ISIS or ISIL – are posing some of the greatest challenges to law enforcement officials in Barbados and the rest of the region, according to regional security officials.

Director of training at the Regional Security System (RSS) retired Captain Brian Roberts said Tuesday morning at the launch of the annual security exercise, Tradewinds 2017, that returning foreign terrorist fighters, and terrorism on a whole, were among new threats with which the region had to contend.

It is for this reason, he said, that the exercise, due to take place here and in Trinidad and Tobago from June 6-17, will focus on the new, non-traditional threats to security.

“We knew that we had to be prepared in order to confront these new challenges to our security,” Roberts told journalists gathered at St Ann’s Fort, The Garrison, St Michal for today’s launch.

The retired soldier made reference to global security challenges, such as ethnic conflicts, religious fundamentalism, separatism, insurgencies, public disorder, illegal drugs and terrorism, compounded by environmental degradation, mass migration and the refugee situation.

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