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Turkey holding suspected Syria-bound British woman

ISTANBUL -- A 21-year-old British woman suspected of trying to travel to territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria has been detained in Turkey, government officials said Tuesday.

The woman, identified as J.N.H., was detained at a bus terminal in Ankara late Monday and is being held pending deportation hearings. One of the Turkish officials said authorities apprehended her based on Turkish intelligence and weren't tipped off by British authorities.

The officials say that correspondence and images on the woman's cellphone indicate that she was planning to head to ISIS territory. The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of government rules against speaking to the media without prior authorization. Turkish authorities began deportation proceedings following an interrogation of the woman.

Authorities provided the AP with a copy of the woman's passport and a photograph of her in detention with details obscured. The photograph shows the woman seated and dressed mostly in black, wearing a headscarf and a leather jacket.

The British Foreign Office released a statement confirming the detention of a British national in Ankara. It said British officials are providing consular assistance, but didn't provide any other details.

The woman is among a spate of young British travelers who have come through Turkey and are believed to be en route to Syria.

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Last week, three British teens were detained by Turkish authorities after arriving from Spain, and deported to Britain.

Three British girls- identified by British authorities as Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15 - traveled last month from the U.K. to Turkey, from where they are believed to have crossed into Syria.

Earlier this month, a Turkish television station obtained video showing the girls at an Istanbul bus terminal before they boarded a bus to a city near Turkey's border with Syria.

There has been finger-pointing between Turkey and European countries over who is to blame for the flow from Europe through Turkey of ISIS fighters and supporters. Turkey has charged that European countries have often not provided timely information on travelers with suspected militant ties, while Western countries say Turkey has not done enough to seal its porous borders.

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But following the arrest of the three British teens last week, both Turkey and Britain praised the cooperation.

Earlier this month, the FBI and Homeland Security Department issued a joint alert warning that ISIS's message is increasingly resonant with Western youth. The alert advised local and state law enforcement agencies that ISIS has been having some success with social media campaigns that invite youth to join jihadists for the fight in Syria.

"The concern is that you have a message that is proving romantic, heroic and alluring to a swath of the western population that's dangerous," said CBS News senior national security analyst Juan Zarate. "The messages that are out there are really messages not just to local law enforcement but to communities and families to be on the lookout and to be vigilant about the potential that their youth are being drawn like the Pied Piper to this movement in the Middle East."