Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kurds Rescue a Swedish Girl,16, from ISIS in Iraq; Swayed by IS Member in Sweden to Travel to Syria

Kurdish forces have rescued a 16-year-old Swedish girl from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in northern Iraq, according to regional Kurdish authorities, the CNN website reports today (February 23, 2016).

Kurdish special forces came to the aid of the girl, named Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, near the ISIS-held city of Mosul on February 17, said a statement by the Kurdistan Region Security Council.

The teen is from Boras, about 250 miles southwest of Stockholm, the Swedish capital. According to Kurdish authorities, Nivarlain "was misled by an ISIS member in Sweden [her boyfriend] to travel to Syria and later to Mosul."

The Kurds are a Middle Eastern ethnic group that inhabit primarily an area that includes parts of Iran, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Many Kurds have long sought to establish a Kurdish state in the region -- a step opposed by those countries because they would lose territory to such a state.

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