Swedish Girl Rescued From ISIS by Kurdish Special Forces

February 23, 2016 12:17 pm Last Updated: February 23, 2016 1:24 pm

Kurdish special forces rescued a 16-year-old Swedish girl from an ISIS controlled area near the Iraqi city of Mosul, Kurdish officials said in a statement on Tuesday.

The group said that the girl was “misled by an ISIL member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later Mosul.”

The Kurdish council, who are fighting the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq, said that Swedish authorities had asked for their help in locating the girl and rescuing her.

“The Kurdish Region Security Council was called upon by Swedish authorities and members of her family to assist in locating her from ISIL,” the statement said.

The girl is currently being held by the Kurdish forces but will be “transferred to Swedish authorities to return home once necessary arrangements are in place.”

Swedish media have reported that the girl is from the city of Boras and traveled with her boyfriend when she was 15 and pregnant.

So far Swedish authorities have not confirmed they are aware of the girls rescue.

Swedish media have reported that the girl is from the city of Boras and traveled with her boyfriend when she was 15 and pregnant. She and her boyfriend reportedly traveled by train to Turkey after which they crossed the border with Syria.

Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling ISIS terrorists near the city of Kirkuk on Aug. 26, 2015. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling ISIS terrorists near the city of Kirkuk on Aug. 26, 2015. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)