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Growing concern as more South Africans recruited to join Isis

An Al Jazeera probe has revealed at least 23 South Africans have travelled to Iraq or Syria to join Isis.

FILE: The investigation reports that children as young as one have accompanied at least 8 families in their endeavours to join the terrorist group. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - An Al Jazeera investigation revealing that at least 23 South Africans have travelled to either Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State (Isis), has again raised concerns about recruitment in this country.

The investigation reports that children as young as one have accompanied at least eight families in their endeavours to join the terrorist group, mostly using Turkey as the transfer point.

Sources speaking to Al Jazeera have reported that Turkey is clamping down suspicious travellers after at least 11 South Africans and several British citizens were deported while apparently travelling to join the group

The Al Jazeera journalist on the investigation, Khadija Patel, says, "What this has shown is that South Africa is equally vulnerable as any other country. This is something that the United Kingdom has been grappling with quite prominently over the last few months. I think this shows that South Africa is definitely not immune to this as well."

Last month, a 15-year-old girl was pulled off a flight at Cape Town International Airport following suspicions that she was en route to join the terrorist group.

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