German Girl, 16, Reportedly Arrested in Mosul for Supporting ISIS

تم نشره في Tue 18 July / Jul 2017. 11:00 PM
  • Iraqi officials have cast doubt over whether the teenager is German.
  • Reports suggest a girl arrested in Mosul may be a missing teenager from Germany

MOSUL — A German teenager is reported to be among five women arrested for supporting Deash, aka ISIS, in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Photos of a pale-skinned girl being detained by Iraqi security services have been circulating on social media since the weekend.

It is now being investigated whether the girl is Linda Wenzel, who went missing last summer from eastern Germany.

The 16-year-old, from the small town of Pulsnitz near the city of Dresden, travelled to Turkey about a year ago with the aim of reaching Iraq or Syria before security services lost track of her.

Miss Wenzel is believed to have converted to Islam before the international hunt to find her began last July, and she was under investigation for alleged contact with ISIS over plotting a terror attack.

She is reported to have gone by the name Umm Maryam, having been lured to join the jihadists via the internet.

Although the German newspaper Die Welt identified the girl captured in the recently liberated city as Miss Wenzel, an Iraqi official has said he believes the teenager could be Russian.

She was taken to hospital for treatment for burns after reportedly being found under rubble following fierce fighting.

The girl is likely to be handed over to her home country's embassy, and not kept in Iraq.

About 930 people - including children - have left Germany in recent years to join IS in Syria and Iraq, with one in five of them female.

The French wife of a suspected Daeshi fighter and her four children were found in Mosul 10 days ago, according to the country's officials.

The city was recently freed from the jihadists' rule following a bloody nine-month campaign by Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition airstrikes.

More than half of the buildings in western Mosul - where ISIS fighters held out for the longest - have been damaged or destroyed.

The city, once home to two million people, had been declared the capital of the jihadists' so-called caliphate.

(Sky News)