Secretary of State John Kerry said today (October 22, 2014) that the U.S. is grateful to Germany after three Denver-area teenage girls -- who secretly left their homes -- were stopped in Frankfurt last weekend, while traveling to join Islamist State (IS) fighters in Syria, according to the USA Today website.
"We are very, very grateful for Germany for their cooperation with us on this particular incident of some young folks who were traveling," Kerry said today during a Berlin news conference.
Two girls are sisters, ages 15 and 16, of ethnic Somali origin, and the third teen, 17, is of Sudanese background. One girl reportedly told German authorities the three were "going to Turkey to study."
German Interior Ministry spokeswoman Pamela Mueller-Niese told reporters today that authorities in Germany were informed by the U.S. that the girls were arriving alone at the Frankfurt airport. The three have since been reunited with their families in Colorado, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said. The girls -- most likely -- will not be prosecuted.