British police said today (February 24, 2015) that they now believe three missing teen girls have crossed into war-torn Syria from Turkey to join the Islamic State, according to the USA Today website.
Earlier, Scotland Yard denied a claim it took them three days to inform Turkey about the teenagers -- Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15 -- who left the British capital February 17 on a flight to Istanbul and have been missing ever since.
Bulent Arinc, Turkey's deputy prime minister, said British officials informed Ankara about the girls on February 20.
Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said airlines and Internet companies need to do more to stop radicalized teenagers from leaving to join Islamic militants. He added government officials will discuss with airlines how to ensure children at risk can be identified and questioned before they travel.