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Teenagers’ Plans to Join Islamic State in Syria Prompts Concerns about Recruitment Efforts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The discovery that three teenage girls were trying to join the Islamic State in Syria has raised plenty of questions.

Among them: How did they get to Europe without anyone noticing and what prompted the girls, ages 16, 16 and 17, to make the trip?

The Associated Press reports that a school official said the girls were the victims of an “online predator” who convinced them to join ISIS.

“Social media has played a very significant role in the recruitment of young people,” said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven in Minneapolis, which has the largest Somali community in the U.S.

A school official said there were no signs that the teens had been radicalized.

U.S. officials also are investigating how the girls managed to get to Frankfurt.


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