Hundreds of Britons have so far joined the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. File photo
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Istanbul, Turkey – Subsequent to the case of the three British schoolgirls who sought to join the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and apparently successfully did so, raising concerns of the public opinion in England, the British police said on Sunday they were questioning three other British teenagers who planned to join the radical group in Syria.
The three 16-year-old young men were planning to infiltrate into Syrian territory through Turkey, but they were arrested by the Turkish authorities in the airport of Ataturk, Istanbul.
“The three men were deported to Britain and they’re undergoing interrogation,” the British police added.
According to British officials, the incident indicates possible cooperation between the Turkish and British authorities in the future.
The UK has been trying to reach a cooperative agreement with the Turkish government regarding the Britons who use Turkish territory as a transport point to cross into Syria and join IS militants. However, Turkey has been avoiding such a direct cooperation for months.
“Such a cooperation from the Turkish side may help stopping the influx of young Europeans to the Syrian territory and join the ranks of the jihadists,” the source added.
Speaking to ARA News in London, media activist Jiwan Mohammed said that the British authorities instructed educational institutions in the country to take precautions and be alert to the actions of their enrolled students.
“Because many teenagers headed to Syria, leaving their seats at school, in order to join extremist groups,” he explained.
Noteworthy, the number of Britons who joined the IS hardline group has increased significantly compared with other European nationals. According to reports, more than 756 British citizens have joined jihadists in Syria and Iraq since 2011.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed
Source: ARA News