Teens can fly solo to join ISIS

Are you a disgruntled teenager living in the Western Hemisphere and looking for a way to join the fight alongside ISIS in the Middle East? Well, luckily for you, Turkish Airlines has a ticket with your name on it.

In fact, some British teenagers have already found the airline’s age-restriction loophole in order to get to the action and join the Islamic State’s army. Shamina Begum, Kadiza Sultana, and Amira Abase, all 15–16 years old, along with a fourth, unidentified teenage girl, flew to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport in Scotland recently and then were picked up and driven 800 miles to Syria.

The airline allows anyone 12 and older to fly by themselves, but Turkish officials are also blaming the British government’s negligence for allowing such a travesty. The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister admonished them publicly, making the following statement:

“It is a condemnable act for Britain to let three girls . . . come to Istanbul and then let us know three days later. They haven’t taken the necessary measures. It would be great if we find them. But if we can’t, it is not us who will be responsible, but the British.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron responded in bold fashion, when made this announcement to Parliament:

“Whenever there are concerns, police at the border should be alerted so they can use the temporary passport seizure powers to stop people traveling.”

Authorities tried to entice Twitter into releasing the last login location for one of the girls who was in contact with a ISIS recruiter via the social media site. The company denied their request because it would have violated the site’s privacy policy.

Before Edward Snowden became a house-hold name, their wouldn’t even have been a mention of a “privacy policy” on Twitter’s part when a government request came down about the whereabouts of a potential female teenage terrorist. Now, there is more of an equal footing on both sides of the issue.

Which one will prevail? The answer will rely on how the fight for Iraq and Syria is going, and that, for the most part, will depend on the type of commitment the United States makes to defeating ISIS.

We certainly don’t want anymore of our children thinking that ISIS is the way to a prevailing new counter-culture.

 

[Newsweek]