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Kurdish Special Forces have rescued – for the second time – a 16-year-old Swedish girl who was lured by an Islamic State (Isis) fighter to its stronghold of Mosul. Security officials from Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the teenage girl was successfully rescued from IS (Daesh)'s de-facto capital in Iraq on February 17.
"The Swedish national, Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, is 16-years-old from Boras. She was misled by an ISIL member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul," the Kurdistan Regional Security Council wrote in statement published on social media.
Nivarlain is being cared for in Iraqi Kurdistan and is in the process of being returned home once arrangements are made with the Swedish government, Kurdish authorities said.
A spokeswoman for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told IBTimes UK the Swedish government was not commenting on the statements and was not in a position to either confirm or deny details of the rescue.
Swedish media has reported it is the second time Nivarlain has been rescued from the Islamic State in Iraq after a previous operation by Kurdish forces in October. Heavily pregnant at the time of her rescue, she was able to return to Mosul to give birth to her child.
The father of the child is believed to be the same 19-year-old with whom she travelled to Syria and then Iraq to join the Islamic State in June 2015. The Swedish outlet Aftonbladet reported the young was killed in Russian air strike in Ramadi. The fate of their young child is unknown.
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