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Colorado Girls Urged Friends To Pray For Them As They Headed To Syria

By Jesse Paul | Denver Post

Three Arapahoe County teen girls urged friends on social media to pray for them as they set off on an overseas trip apparently aimed at joining Islamic State militants.

The Denver Post on Thursday reviewed dozens of tweets by the girls, at least one of their fathers and several supporters and detractors. The accounts of the three girls and the father have been deleted, but The Post retrieved cached messages sent from their accounts.

"Please if you read this tell me where you are? We are so worried about you#Isis #raqqa # Colorado," the father of one of the girl's tweeted at his daughter on Saturday.

Raqqa is a city in Syria that is considered the capital of the Islamic State militants.

The girls tweeted about Islam in the days leading up to their trip, which began on Friday.

"I started to notice the people I called 'friends' weren't my true friends," one of the girls tweeted.

Authorities believe that three teens, two sisters, 15- and 17-years-old, of Somali descent and another, 16-year-old, from Sudan, likely were recruited online to travel to Germany, apparently on their way to join the Islamic State, school officials said Wednesday.

The girls' parents reported them missing on Friday night, hours after they failed to show up at school or return home from the library. One of the families said the girls took $2,000 and fled with their passports.

The girls were then stopped by German police at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany, before being sent back to their parents in Denver. German authorities say they were alerted to the girls' arrival by U.S. officials.

The Cherry Creek School District, where the girls attend high school, said the teens tweeted with fellow students about their trip, which first alerted school officials to the teens' whereabouts.

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