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    Turkey Blames US-Led Coalition Spy for Trafficking British Girls Into Syria

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    Turkey charged an anti-Islamic State coalition spy with helping teenage girls to cross into Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey accused an agent from a country involved in the US-led anti-Islamic State (ISIL) coalition of helping three missing British schoolgirls to cross into Syria in February, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.

    The Ankara-based Anadolu news agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying in a televised interview that the person caught assisting the teenage girls into Syria was a spy from the 60-nation coalition that has been bombing ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq since August 2014.

    According to the agency, the country in question is neither the United States nor one of the 28-member European Union bloc.

    Three London schoolgirls aged between 15-16 flew to Istanbul on February 17. According to Scotland Yard, the girls then crossed into war-torn Syria to join the ISIL group, which is fighting to establish an Islamic caliphate in the controlled territories.


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