Monday, August 10, 2015

Pregnant Swedish Girl,15, Is Held by IS in Syria; Her Boyfriend Now Being Forced to Fight for IS

A pregnant 15-year-old Swedish girl is being held by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria after running away from her foster home with her boyfriend to join Al-Qaeda, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (August 10, 2015).

The Swedish foreign ministry remained tight-lipped about the case, confirming only minimal details. "We have been informed that a Swedish minor is in Syria. We are in contact with family members," ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt told AFP, refusing to disclose any other details.

Swedish media reported that the 15-year-old girl -- whose name was not disclosed -- disappeared from her foster home in Boras in southwestern Sweden on May 31. It said she is six months pregnant.

She and her 19-year-old boyfriend traveled to Syria via Turkey, and were recruited on arrival by an Al-Qaeda-linked group. The couple were captured by IS fighters in the northern city of Aleppo in early August, and have been moved to an IS-controlled area. They have been separated and the boyfriend has been forced to fight for the Islamic State group.

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