Turkey arrests smuggler of ISIS-linked British schoolgirls

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Closed caption video of 3 London schoolgirls who left home possibly heading to Syria

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, announced Thursday that the security forces arrested a man who assisted three British schoolgirls cross into Syria last month.

The Turkish minister stated in a televised interview that the man who helped the girls enter Syria turned out to be linked to one of the intelligence agencies of a member state in the U.S.-led international coalition which combats the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq.  

Çavuşoğlu stressed that the man is not a citizen of the European Union or the United States, but  is associated with intelligence agencies of one of the coalition’s member countries.

“The Turkish authorities informed its British counterpart of the latest developments of the investigations regarding the fate of the three British girls,” he added.

The three schoolgirls have reportedly joined the ranks of IS after crossing into Syria through Turkey. 

Earlier last month British officials charged the Turkish government of not taking the necessary measures to prevent Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, of crossing to Syrian territory through Turkey, to join the Islamic state’s ranks.

However, the Turkish government has criticized the British authorities for not providing necessary information about the three girls intill three days of their departure from London.

Last week, the Turkish authorities rejected a British request to deploy members of the British police in Turkish airports. 

The number of British fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State has reportedly reached more than 500 fighters at the end of 2014.

 

Reporting by: Nisrin Hemo 

Source: ARA News

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