Jihadis Using Pleasure Cruises to Get to Syria

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Would-be jihadi fighters are increasingly booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in battle zones in Syria and Iraq, hoping to bypass stepped-up efforts to thwart them in neighboring Turkey, Interpol officials have told The Associated Press. "Because they know the airports are monitored more closely now, there's a use of cruise ships to travel to those areas," Pierre St. Hilaire, director of counterterrorism at Interpol, said Thursday. Thousands of foreign nationals have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups like ISIS.

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