MOSCOW (Sputnik) — British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is checking Turkey's reports about nine British nationals arrested for trying to illegally cross into Syria, the Office's representative said Wednesday.
"We are checking this information urgently," the representative told RIA Novosti.
Britons are reportedly waiting to be deported to the United Kingdom.
Recently, many European citizens, including British nationals, travelled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, such as the Islamic State (IS). In March, a 21-year-old woman and, separately, three British girls were detained after arriving in Turkey illegally. Turkish officials argue they need a more timely information from Western intelligence agencies so as to effectively detain such foreigners.
The IS has been reported to recruit thousands of westerners. The group’s intensive propaganda efforts on social networking websites especially target young people. About 600 British residents are currently fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS), according to the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence.
According to a 2014 public opinion poll conducted in France by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik News Agency, 26 percent of French youth who participated in the poll expressed some form of support for Islamic State.