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    Russian student Varvara Karaulova, detained in Turkey during an alleged attempt to join the Islamic State jihadist group, is back home with her parents, the student’s father said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Turkey to allow diplomatic access to 14 Russian nationals detained for allegedly attempting to cross the Syrian border to join Islamic State.

    "She had a brief conversation [with investigators], Varvara gave a statement," Karaulova's father told RIA Novosti. "We are resting now, everyone is tired."

    Karaulova was detained earlier in June on the Turkish-Syrian border while traveling with a group of foreigners allegedly recruited by ISIL militants.

    In March, the governor of Turkey’s south-central province of Gaziantep said almost 60 Russian nationals were suspected of having connections with the ISIL.

    The Islamic State, which controls large territories in Syria and Iraq, is known to be recruiting thousands of foreigners through social media, specifically targeting young people.

    At least 20,000 foreign fighters are estimated by the US National Counterterrorism Center to have joined the ISIL to date.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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