Three Missing Teen Girls May Be Traveling To Syria To Join Islamic State

| by Michael Allen
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Police in London believe three teen girls traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, on Feb. 17 with the intention of crossing into neighboring Syria and joining the Islamic State group.

According to The Telegraph, the British girls were identified as Shamima Begum, 15, who might be using the name Acklina Begum, Kadiza Sultana, 15, and a third unidentified girl, 15.

Scotland Yard Commander Richard Walton said the girls were "straight A students" and "normal girls."

"If we are able to locate these girls while they are in Turkey, there is a possibility we can bring them home to their families," said Walton. "We are concerned about the numbers of girls and young women who have or are intending to travel to the part of Syria that is controlled by the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State."

Begum and Sultana both speak English and Bengali.

Other educated British teen girls have tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State, and police fear it may be happening again.

Four British girls were stopped earlier this year while trying to fly to Turkey, some were charged with crimes, noted Daily Mirror. London has a significant population of Muslims.

According to the Evening Standard, "facilitators" in London offer British girls as young as 14 years old cash to travel to Syria and become brides of Islamic State fighters.

"They're also looking for excitement, they're looking for adventure, they're looking for social acceptance," Steven Pomerantz, the FBI's former chief of counter-terrorism, told CBS This Morning in October 2014 (video below).

Sources: The Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, CBS This Morning Image Credit: CBS This Morning Screenshot