'Schoolgirls have already crossed Syrian border', say sourcesThree teenage British “jihadi brides” who ran away from home to join fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are feared to have crossed the Turkish border into Syria. The students, from Bethnal Green Academy in east London, were at the centre of an increasingly desperate international hunt to find them before they managed to enter territory controlled by fighters from Isil. But intelligence sources in Turkey said Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, appeared to have travelled by car to the border on Friday, from where they crossed into the Isil-controlled town of Tal Abyad. A Turkish intelligence source told the Telegraph: “They were seen in Tal Abyad on Friday. They were travelling with a Syrian male in a private car. They were using Syrian identity cards. “We understand that after arriving in Istanbul the girls met an Isil member who is charged with helping foreigners who want to join the group.” The source said the girls stayed in Istanbul for two days before travelling to the border. An Isil source in Istanbul earlier said they would soon be in a position to join hundreds of its fighters in Syria, where jihadists are waging a campaign of terror against the local population and Western targets. The source said: “They are in Istanbul and are trying to reach a town on the Turkish border to cross into Syria. There is someone co-ordinating with them. A smuggler. They can’t move by themselves.” The three – who are described as “grade A” pupils – left their homes in Tower Hamlets at 8am last Tuesday, travelling to Gatwick airport together, where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, landing at 6.40pm local time. To the apparent dismay of Scotland Yard, neither Turkish Airlines, nor the UK Border Force reported that the girls were intending to travel unaccompanied to the region, despite it being a well-worn route to Syria. Shamima is thought to have travelled with her 17-year-old sister Aklima’s passport. FULL STORY