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(NEWSER)– Not all cruise ship passengers are hoping for a nice holiday. According to Interpol, would-be jihadists are now using cruise ships as a way of eventually getting to Iraq and Syria.

The mode of transportation allows them to both avoid more tightly monitored airports and hop off at any number of ports, making them more difficult to track, the BBC reports. Interpol's outgoing chief specifies that Turkey was a destination for militants, noting the issue was spotted in the "past three months or so." He gives no estimation of how many potential jihadists have traveled this way and calls on authorities to check all passengers using airports "and, more and more, cruise lines."

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