Monday, 23 July, 2018

Teenage German girl captured during Iraqi liberation of Mosul

Iraq's Ambassador to India Fakhri Al-Issa Iraq's Ambassador to India Fakhri Al-Issa
Andrew Cummings | 24 July, 2017, 01:45

German officials in her home state of Saxony on July 22 confirmed that the girl was from the eastern state and that she was being assisted by the German Embassy in Iraq.

The girl was reportedly first taken to a general hospital but authorities said they could not guarantee her safety there, given many victims of IS were being treated there too.

They say she is being held at a prison near Baghdad's airport together with other foreign women found in Mosul, including citizens from Belgium, France, Syria and Iran.

Two Iraqi intelligence officials told the AP that the woman is being investigated in the capital Baghdad and could face terrorism charges for illegally entering Iraq and joining ISIS. Their husbands were ISIL fighters but their fates were not clear.

They said Linda W. had met a Muslim Arab online and married him after her arrival in Iraq from her hometown of Pulsnitz in eastern Germany.

Last week, Iraqi troops found Wenzel along with four other German women in a tunnel under the Old City. Initial reports suggested there were five women from Germany who had been detained in Mosul days after it was reclaimed from IS.

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The nine-month battle to liberate Mosul from control of Islamic State is a symbolic turning point in Iraq's recent history. German officials are said to have visited the detainees.

"Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people's militia, Iraqi air force", al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency. They usually led the militants' attacks and, more often than not, were parked in alleys and garages to be used to ambush unsuspecting forces.

Local newspapers reported a year ago that Linda W. was in touch with IS members online before she ran away from home. Prior to her disappearance, the teenager was considered "a brilliant student" but very quiet and withdrawn.

Wenzel left her home July 1, 2016 and told her mother she would spend the weekend with a friend. "There is a very challenging situation", he added.

We are talking about two men, eight children and 16 women.

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