The head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Kurt Tidd, today declined to give an update on assertions by his predecessor, that Jamaicans are among those nationals who’ve traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State terror group.

Last year, the former head of the US Southern Command, John Kelly, said Jamaicans were among the 100 Caribbean recruits that had joined IS in Syria.

The Simpson Miller administration refuted the claim.

Speaking today at the close of the 14th Caribbean Nations Security Conference at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Admiral Tidd, refused to say whether the US authorities had updated the Jamaican government about the activities of alleged Jamaican terrorists.

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Admiral Tidd was responding to questions from Nationwide’s Chevon Campbell.

He told reporters that the closed door sessions of the conference, heard discussions about how Caribbean states could partner with the US to protect each other.