Three teenage American girls who were suspected of wanting to join Islamic State jihadists were sent home after they were intercepted in Germany, US media reports and officials said Wednesday.
The three Colorado girls, of Sudanese and Somali origin, were heading for Turkey when they were stopped by German authorities at Frankfurt airport, CNN said.
Turkey is a key point of entry for would-be jihadists looking to join Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
A law enforcement official told ABC News that the girls were trying “to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign” by radical groups in Syria.
Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Paul Bresson told AFP that the agency was “aware of the situation and assisted with bringing the individuals back to Denver on Monday.
“The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families,” he said.
Citing Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office documents, CNN said the girls had left home with their passports and $2,000 in cash.
German interior ministry spokeswoman Pamela Muller-Niese said US authorities had told Germany of the girls’ arrival in Frankfurt and their intention to travel to Turkey.
“These three people were questioned. … The three minors then voluntarily left Sunday to return to the United States,” Muller-Niese said.
Their families had reported the three girls, who are aged 15, 16, and 17, missing on October 17.
The FBI spoke to the girls upon their return but the agency declined to comment further because the girls are juveniles.
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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.
But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.
"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."
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According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.
As it turned out, that test was flawed.
Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."
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On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."
Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020