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Family of Schoolgirls Who Fled UK for Syria Criticize Police

TEHRAN (FNA)- The families of three schoolgirls who ran away from their homes in London to Syria voiced anger at police, saying they did not warn them the teenagers risked being radicalized.

School friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their homes and flew to Istanbul, from where they are believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria, AFP reported.

All three were spoken to in December by police investigating the disappearance of another friend who went to Syria.

But their families say they were in the dark about this after the girls hid a courtesy letter that police had given them to pass on to their parents, in which they asked for permission to speak to the teenagers.

The relatives say police should have given the letter directly to the families and that, had they been aware of the situation, they could have taken action.

Amira's father Abase Hussein told ITV television Friday that he could …

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Regains Control of Gas, Oil Fields in Homs Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army gained the upper-hand in Eastern Homs province, and gained control over five gas and oil fields after inflicting heavy casualties on militants.

The army units regained control over Jazal town in Homs countryside and took back control of five gas and oil fields from the ISIL terrorists in heavy clashes.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army backed by popular forces established full control over Gas Well No /101/ at Palmyra countryside in Homs province.

Also in the past 24 hours, Syrian warplanes pounded ISIL positions in the city of Hama, killing large groups of terrorists, including a senior commander.

The ISIL commander, identified as Abi Ammar al-Jazrawi, was killed in an air strike near the town of Hamadi Omar, some 50 km (30 miles) Southwest of the city of Hama.

Syrian state media said the airstrikes had also destroyed a convoy of military vehicles.

Elsewhere, the Syrian army made more headway in in its fight against the armed groups in the countryside of Quneitra p…

Iraq Arrests ISIL's US, Israeli Military Advisors in Mosul

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Special Forces said they have arrested several ISIL's foreign military advisors, including American, Israeli and Arab nationals in an operation in Mosul in the Northern parts of the country.

The Iraqi forces said they have retrieved four foreign passports, including those that belonged to American and Israeli nationals and one that belonged to the national of a Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member-state, from ISIL's military advisors.

The foreign advisors were arrested in a military operation in Tal Abta desert near Mosul city.

Last year, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mossad of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Alexander Prokhanov said that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

ISIL is a tool at th…