Support the
Henry Jackson
Society

Our work is only possible through the generosity of private philanthropy. Find out how you can support our mission and can contribute to our work.

Members' log in
CRT News Coverage
February 21, 2015

The schoolgirl jihadi brides: Three girls from one British school fly off to join ISIS as police face questions over how they were able to board Turkey flight

by
Henry Jackson Society

Originally published in the Daily Mail

Strolling through Gatwick, these are the ‘naive’ teenage girls who flew out of the UK to join jihadists in Syria. The trio were at the centre of an international hunt last night after being captured on airport CCTV.

Scotland Yard was facing questions over how the girls – aged 15 and 16 – were able to board a flight to Turkey unchallenged, despite having no parent or guardian with them. 

Emily Dyer, a research fellow specialising in Islamism at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘The fact that this is still happening shows that security needs to be stepped up. The fact they are so young makes it shocking but it has happened before.

‘When three young girls – two only 15 – arrived at the airport without parents and wanted to board a flight to Turkey, which we know is a staging post to Syria, it should have alerted suspicions.’ 

Read the full article here