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Swedish teenager rescued from Isis in Iraq


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Regional government says Kurdish troops rescued 16-year-old girl who had been ‘misled’ into travelling to Syria and Mosul

 

 

Associated Press

 

Tuesday 23 February 2016 14.16 GMT

 

 

 

Iraqi Kurdish troops have rescued a Swedish teenager from Islamic State near the extremist-controlled city of Mosul, the Kurdish regional government said.

 

The rescue operation by the Kurdish anti-terrorist forces took place on 17 February near Mosul, 225 miles (360km) north-west of Baghdad, it said.

 

The official statement identified the girl by name, saying she was a 16-year-old from the town of Boras who had been “misled” by an Isis member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul.

 

It also said the Swedish authorities and the teenager’s family had contacted the Iraqi Kurdish government and asked for help in finding and rescuing the girl.

 

The teenager was now in Iraqi Kurdish territory and being “provided the care afforded to her under international law”, the statement said, adding that she would be “transferred to Swedish authorities to return home once necessary arrangements” were made.

 

The statement provided no details of the rescue operation and did not say whether the teen was mistreated while with Isis.

 

Iraqi Kurdish officials in Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, declined to provide more details.

 

Mosul was the first major Iraqi city to fall into the hands of Isis militants during their blitz in June 2014, when the group swept across vast areas in the country’s north and west.

 

Mosul remains under Isis control as Iraqi forces, aided by airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition, are battling to reclaim ground. Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces are fighting Isis militants to the north and east of the city.

 

 

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Isis has held the Iraqi city of Mosul since June 2014.
Photograph: AP
 
 
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Now here in Italy they talk about this young woman ( 19, I believe) who got goaded ( somehow) into going to Syria as a foreign fighter and now she either wrote an email or called on the phone ( do not remember all details)  a family member here in Italy to ask  him to help her get back as she stated she can't resist that kind of living anymore.

 

 I had seen weeks ago an interview with her Father ( Moroccan or Tunisian) who was so desperate right after having learned about his daughter's destination ( she had basically disappeared one day without leaving any note)

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Now here in Italy they talk about this young woman ( 19, I believe) who got goaded ( somehow) into going to Syria as a foreign fighter and now she either wrote an email or called on the phone ( do not remember all details) a family member here in Italy to ask him to help her get back as she stated she can't resist that kind of living anymore.

I had seen weeks ago an interview with her Father ( Moroccan or Tunisian) who was so desperate right after having learned about his daughter's destination ( she had basically disappeared one day without leaving any note)

As Paul Harvey used to say, " and now....the rest of the story". Thank you Umberto, my brother, for filling in the gaps. Blessings to you and your family~

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