Remember the three British school girls who left the UK early in 2015 and were believed to be travelling to Syria to become 'Jihadi brides'?
Little has been reported about the girls after a mass of media attention immediately following them leaving the UK. But one-week ago there were reports that the girls were on the run and updates since have been unavailable.
The story of their alleged escape from Isil broke following a report by a blogger in Mosul who claimed "three young girls were missing and Isis [or Isil] was searching checkpoints for them".
The Independent raised questions about whether or not the girls should be allowed back into the UK as it reported "The Mosul Eye Facebook page, which claims to be written by an independent historian living inside the Iraqi Isis stronghold, wrote on 2 May: "Three girls, (Foreigners - British) married to Isis militants, reported missing, and Isis announced to all its check points to search for them. It is believed that those girls have escaped."
In February we reported "Glasgow woman Aqsa Mahmood, 20, is believed to have inspired or encouraged on social media three missing teens to leave home and join her in Syria. Mahmood left the UK to become a Jihadi bride in Syria in 2013. Sunday all three young women missing from home and reportedly either in Syria or on their way there having followed Mahmood's lead are named as Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15."
There was a flurry of activity as authorities here and abroad tried to prevent the girls crossing from Turkey into Syria but it was too late.
When former foreign secretary William Hague was challenged as to how these young girls could leave the UK without being noticed by border agency staff or governments spies in the UK he tried to shift blame.
Hague reminded the interviewer that people in the UK have objected to government plans for wider snooping on citizens online saying in this case the girls travelling is ultimately the responsibility of the airlines.
But the fact is social media accounts used by Aqsa Mahmood are already monitored by government spies in the UK as she is now deemed a terrorist by British authorities.
The new Tory majority government plans to widen snooping on British citizens which seems a pointless exercise unless it is for a different purpose than the one touted.
A week ago Home Secretary Theresa May "declined to say whether three British teenagers who are reported to be on the run from Isis after joining the terror group in Syria would be allowed back into the UK".
There is little doubt that behind the scenes, and unreported, action is being taken. What that action is will be revealed in time.
Should the girls be allowed back into the UK as free citizens, with restrictions or not at all?