DENVER — Three teenage girls from Colorado were taken into custody at a German airport late last week after their parents reported them missing and feared that they may be seeking to travel to Turkey to join ISIS.
Assad Ibrahim, the father of one of the girls, age 16, told reporters that he received a phone call from his daughter’s school last Friday that she had not reported to class. He then dialed his daughter’s cell phone, and was assured that she was just running late that day.
Ali Farah, the father of the two other girls, ages 15 and 17, told police that his daughters claimed they were sick and thus were not going to school. They later stated that they were going to the library, but never returned home.
Ibrahim contacted Farah and advised him that his daughter was missing, and stated that her passport was also gone. When he learned that Farah’s daughters were likewise unaccounted for, he urged Farah to check for their passports as well.
“Farah stated that he checked and found that his daughters’ passports were missing along with $2000 in cash,” a runaway report filed by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office states. “It is unknown what clothing they were wearing today, but they both wear headscarves as part of their religion.”
The two sisters are of Somali descent and their friend is of a Sudanese background.
The FBI was alerted about the situation and put out a notice on their passports. The girls, whose names have not yet been released, were then stopped at the International Airport in Germany and put back on a plane to the United States. They were questioned by the FBI, and according to officials, the teens outlined that they were seeking to join ISIS, or as they call themselves, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
It is not yet known whether charges will be pressed against the girls.
The incident occurs just days after a 17-year-old Australian teen was seen in video footage threatening Barack Obama and other leaders, and vowing to fly the flag of ISIS over every nation in the world.
“To the leaders, to Obama, to Tony Abbott I say this: These weapons that we have, these soldiers . . . we will not stop fighting,” Abdullah Elmir, also known as the Ginger Jihadist, proclaimed. “We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands, until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land.”
“Bring every nation that you want to come and fight us. It means nothing to us. Whether it’s 50 nations or 50,000 nations, it means nothing to us,” he continued. “Bring your planes. Bring everything you want to us. Because it will not harm us. Why? Because we have Allah.”
As previously reported, a Muslim man from North Carolina also plead guilty last week of conspiring to join ISIS. Akba Jihad Jordan, 22, of Raleigh, and friend Avin Marsalis Brown, 21, told undercover FBI agents that the men sought to travel overseas, either to Yemen or Syria to wage war against the “kuffar,” who are non-Muslims, and “munafiq,” who are Muslims that are considered hypocrites. The men also outlined the weapons that they had in their possession, and noted that they would not hesitate to use them both in the United States and abroad to fight the “kuffar.”
Both face up to 15 years behind bars.