A Swedish teenager rescued from Islamic State militants in Iraq has said life in the so-called caliphate was “really hard” and that she was duped into going there by her boyfriend.

In her first interview since Kurdish special forces recovered her in northern Iraq, the 16-year old told a Kurdish TV channel she had met her boyfriend in mid-2014 after dropping out of school in Sweden.

“First we were good but then he started to look at ISIS videos and speak about them and stuff like that,” she told Kurdistan 24 in a brief interview, using another name for the Islamic State group.

“Then he said he wanted to go to ISIS and I said ok, no problem, because I didn’t know what ISIS means, what Islam is — nothing,” said the girl.

The couple set off from Sweden in late May 2015 and made their way across Europe by bus and train until reaching the Turkish border province of Gaziantep, from which they crossed into Syria.

From there, Islamic State militants ferried them by bus with other men and women to the city of Mosul in neighboring Iraq and provided them with a house. There was no electricity or running water.

“I didn’t have any money either – it was a really hard life,” she said, looking relaxed and healthy. “When I had a phone I started to contact my mum and I said ‘I want to go home’.”

Security services estimate that hundreds of Western men and women have left home to join Islamic State since the group overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.

A mother who took her 14-month-old son to Syria to join Islamic State fighters was jailed for six years by a British court earlier this month.

Smiling occasionally, the girl compared life under Islamic State to that in Europe: “In Sweden we have everything, and when I was there, we didn’t have anything”.

 

Reuters

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Nina Wag
Nina Wag
2016-02-25 11:08

didn’t know what ISIS was? LOL how about use the internet and look it up before travellling illegally into Syria.

Pişkin Mişkin
Pişkin Mişkin
2016-02-25 11:02

she has to be kept in prison for supporting terrorism.. moron girl

Santiago Jose Katzenstein
Santiago Jose Katzenstein
2016-02-25 11:13

What about her boyfriend, where is he from?

Julie-ann Statham
Julie-ann Statham
2016-02-25 11:24

He lived in Sweden, I haven’t seen any reports saying whether he was home grown, but Sweden is the biggest exporter of terrorist fighters, so who knows.

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2016-02-25 13:03

He’s dead… it doesn’t mention anything about her baby..this is the second time she has been ‘rescued’ the first time she was heavily pregnant and escaped and returned to ISIS :/

Elcid Asaei
Elcid Asaei
2016-02-25 16:47

Julie-ann Statham especially in the Gotenberg region.

Santiago Jose Katzenstein
Santiago Jose Katzenstein
2016-02-25 16:49

So this little girl was a kind of adventurer.

Julie-ann Statham
Julie-ann Statham
2016-02-25 11:23

Pity she didn’t die, she’s left a baby out there with Islamic State and she was recused twice by kurdish forces who put their lives at risk for her.
She’s whinging about having no money and she’s gave birth to a baby in Islamic State territory and left it there.
I hope she lives with guilt for the rest of life.

Elcid Asaei
Elcid Asaei
2016-02-25 16:47

She is a dirt ridden waste of space. The stupid Swedish government is betraying its citizens allowing this terrorist back into its territory.

Julie-ann Statham
Julie-ann Statham
2016-02-25 16:50

I agree, her selfishness is very apparent.
It’s really annoyed me, this case.
She has brought a child into the world who will have no chance as it will be brought up a jihadist and most likely cause a lot of deaths.
She should at least face justice for that!
That’s if it’s a boy, if it’s a girl she will be married off young and raped.

WarCrimesInSaada
WarCrimesInSaada
2016-02-25 11:10

shes a lucky girl

Федянин Алексей
Федянин Алексей
2016-02-25 12:32

@leithfadel w*f? Isn’t ISIS fights for peace, freedom etc.? COW!

Igor
Igor
2016-02-25 19:29

the best for the planet would be, when such people perrish.

Igor
Igor
2016-02-26 11:22

which one of you goes and buys her story?

Igor
Igor
2016-02-26 11:29
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I mean EU unelected officials and MM do.