German teenage girl who joined ISIS held up in Iraqi prison, says ‘just want to go home’: Report

"I just want to get away from here," the girl was quoted by media as saying. "I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise," the 16-year old added.

By: Reuters | Berlin | Updated: July 24, 2017 10:22 am
Islamic state, german isis, german teenager isis, mosul battle, iraq isis, world news Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said he could confirm the teenager, named only as Linda W., had been “located and identified in Iraq”. (Screengrab/Youtube)

A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that four German women who joined Islamic State in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance.

Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said he could confirm the teenager, named only as Linda W., had been “located and identified in Iraq” and was receiving consular support but could not say anything on her exact circumstances. German broadcasters NDR and WDR and newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said they had interviewed Linda W. in the infirmary of a military complex in Baghdad and she told them she wanted to leave.

“I just want to get away from here,” she was quoted as saying. “I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise.” She added: “I just want to go home to my family.” The media outlets said the teenager had told them she regretted joining IS, wanted to be extradited to Germany and would cooperate with authorities. They said the girl had a gunshot wound on her left thigh and another injury on her right knee that she said was caused during a helicopter attack. “I’m doing well,” she said.

German prosecutors said last week they were checking reports that a 16-year-old under investigation for supporting Islamic State was among five women arrested in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State earlier this month. German authorities have been investigating a teenage girl who went missing from Pulsnitz last summer for alleged contacts with the jihadist group about preparing a possible act of terrorism.

On Tuesday Haase said the girl had travelled to Turkey about a year ago with the apparent goal of reaching Iraq or Syria and security officials had later lost her trail, but new evidence had since emerged in the case.

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    PK
    Jul 24, 2017 at 11:56 am
    Such shoddy and motivated journalism by Indian Express. They left out the part about her being a sharpshooter for ISIS warlords and killing lot of Iraqis in bid to create sympathy of certain sections. Iraqis will prosecute her for sure.
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      Pannalal Chakraborty
      Jul 24, 2017 at 11:44 am
      Great !!! She joined ISIS, did her part and now does not want to take any responsibility for her acts. What a mindless person she is !
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        Amit
        Jul 24, 2017 at 11:02 am
        Now she want's to escape without being held accountable with a future jihadi in her arms.Wow
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