The Huffington Post reports that the FBI believes three teenage girls from Denver, Colorado, were detained in Germany after trying to travel to Syria to join up with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists. The girls are two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and a 16-year-old friend. All three girls have been reunited with their families.
A missing persons report was filed last Friday when the two sisters failed to come home after telling their father they were going to the library, and their friend never showed up for school.
The Denver teens allegedly stole $2,000 from their parents and flew to Frankfurt, Germany, where the teens were picked up by FBI agents at the airport.
In a similar event, 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Arvada, Colorado — a suburb of Denver — plead guilty last month to charges that she was conspiring to help militants in Syria. Conley claims she wanted to marry a militant she met online and was traveling to Syria to meet the Tunisian man fighting with the Islamic state.
Conley is being tried as an adult and has plead guilty to providing material support to ISIS. She could be sentenced to five years in federal prison and be fined up to $250,000.
International Business Times writes that the Denver teens are of Somali descent and their friend is Sudanese. The three Denver teens were attracted to a very slick propaganda campaign designed to lure Westerners to join in the cause of ISIS.
The Denver teens claim they were only interested in joining the fight and not in becoming “Jihadi brides.” No charges have been filed against the Denver teens at this time.
A U.S. official said the Denver teens were headed to Turkey and then Syria. The evidence is currently being reviewed along with their computers.
The Inquisitr reports that American teens are targeted by ISIS to infiltrate social media and brought on as sex slaves who also cook and sew. ISIS is also luring American women with cash-for-babies promises.
In a related story to the Denver teens lure, three Toronto girls have also been enticed to join the ISIS cause through campaigns that are provocative and romantic. In stark contrast to the beheadings the terrorist group has presented to the world, they are still clever enough to attract Westerners into the fray to help with deceptive tactics. Women are not usually associated with suicide missions and could likely be used for this purpose.
The Denver teens are the exception rather than the rule. Still, in this day and age it is more crucial than ever to know what our children are up to and who they are engaging with on the Internet.
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