The three missing British girls suspected of traveling to Turkey with the goal of joining ISIS are now believed to have made it into Syria.
The three teens went missing last week.
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— Catrin Nye (@CatrinNye) February 20, 2015
Three teenage British girls suspected of traveling from London to Turkey with the goal of joining ISIS are now believed to have made it to their target country — war-torn Syria — London’s Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.
Police didn’t elaborate, other than to say in a statement that they “now have reason to believe that (the girls) are no longer in Turkey” and have crossed into neighboring Syria, parts of which have been taken over by the Islamist terror group.
If true, that would unsuccessfully end British and Turkish authorities’ efforts to find the teens in Turkey before they could cross the Turkish-Syrian border.
British police announced last week that three east London classmates — Shamima Begum, 15; Kadiza Sultana, 16; and Amira Abase, 15 — had flown aboard a Turkish Airlines plane from London’s Gatwick Airport to Istanbul on February 17.
The next day, police contacted foreign liaison officers at the Turkish Embassy in London, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. A British counterterrorism officer said police had been “reaching out to the girls using the Turkish media and social media” in an effort to persuade them to return home.
The girls’ parents also publicly begged for them to come home.
Enjoy your stay in the Caliphate, girls.
The savages will be glad to see you.
Renu Begun, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begun, holds a photograph of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard. (IOL News)