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US loses drone over Syria amid claims it was brought down

The US said it had lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone over Syria, but stopped short of confirming it was taken down by Syrian air defences, as reported by state media.

US officials previously described Syrian airspace as relatively passive, noting that President Bashar al-Assad's government had not taken aim at coalition aircraft flying over its territory.

However, Syria's state news agency SANA said its air defences brought down a US surveillance plane in the coastal province of Latakia.

CCTV shows British 'IS' teens arrested at Istanbul airport

CCTV footage shows three British teenagers suspected of planning to join Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, being arrested at Istanbul airport.

The three teens were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts after being detained in Turkey and have since been bailed.

The suspects - two 17-year-old boys and one 19-year-old man, all from northwest London - were arrested on Saturday by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

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'Syria-bound' British teenagers released on bail

Three teenagers arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts after being detained in Turkey have been bailed, Scotland Yard said.

The suspects - two 17-year-old boys and one 19-year-old man, all from northwest London - were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

Scotland Yard stated the three teenagers have been bailed. Credit: PA Wire

They have been bailed to return to a central London police station pending further enquiries, police added.

On Friday, CTC officers were made aware that the two 17-year-old boys had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria. Enquiries revealed that they had travelled with the 19 year old.

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Keith Vaz: Flight of young to join IS 'on a much larger scale'

Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz said the number of young people attempting to travel to Syria is "clearly" on a "much larger scale" that authorities initially envisaged.

Speaking today as two teenagers from London remain in custody after being detained in Istanbul for allegedly trying to join IS, he said it was vital for parents and authorities to be vigilant.

I welcome the action that has been taken by the Turkish authorities.

We need to prevent people going in the first place and that is why parents need to be vigilant but we also need cooperation from the Turkish authorities in order to stop them from going further.

We need to be vigilant. Clearly this flight of young people to Turkey in order to go to Syria is on a much larger scale than we envisaged.

– Keith Vaz
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