A file photo of an old monastery on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, where the girl was rescued.
A file photo of an old monastery on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, where the girl was rescued. Foto: Maya Alleruzzo / AP / TT.

Kurdish forces rescue Swedish teen in Iraq

Kurdish special forces have rescued a teenage Swedish girl in northern Iraq, according to Swedish Radio News, who was held captive since last year by the Islamic State terror group near the town of Mosul.

The 16-year-old girl allegedly travelled from southern Sweden to Syria last year. According to her parents she spent her days together with other women in an apartment in Syria while her boyfriend attended a training camp. She was then rescued in October, but what happened after that is still unclear.

The Kurdish security council claims that Kurdish forces rescued the girl on February 17 and say that they have been in contact with Swedish authorities so that the girl can return home.

The council stated the teenager from Sweden's southwest coast "was misled" by a member of the Islamic State in Sweden to travel to Syria and later Iraq. The council says it oversees security and intelligence in the Kurdistan region, spanning Iraq and Syria.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the case.

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