Kurdish Special Forces Rescue 16-Year-Old Swedish Girl From ISIS

An image of Marlin Stivani Nivarlain released by Kurdish forces on social media on February 23, after they rescued her from ISIS captivity near Mosul. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kurdistan Region Security Council/Twitter)
An image of Marlin Stivani Nivarlain released by Kurdish forces on social media on February 23, after they rescued her from ISIS captivity near Mosul. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kurdistan Region Security Council/Twitter)

Kurdish special forces rescued a 16-year-old Swedish girl from ISIS captivity in Iraq last week, Kurdish military officials said on Tuesday.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released a statement on Twitter that identified the girl as Swedish national Marlin Stivani Nivarlain and revealed that she was rescued near ISIS-held Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

“She is 16 years old and was rescued on 17 February 2016. We were called upon by Swedish authorities and her family to help rescue her,” the statement reads.

“She’s currently in the Kurdistan Region. We are working with Swedish authorities to allow her to return home as quickly as possible.”

The security arm of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq said that Nivarlain is from the town of Boras and had been “misled” by a member of ISIS in Sweden to travel to Syria and on to Iraq.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Jack Moore