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Iraqi Kurdish troops rescue Swedish teenager from Islamic State

Thousands of females have been taken hostage by Islamic State militants in Iraq [File Photo:Getty]

Date of publication: 23 February, 2016

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Iraqi Kurdish troops have rescued a Swedish teenager from the Islamic State group near the extremist-controlled city of Mosul, the Kurdish government said on Tuesday.
A teenage Swedish girl captured by Islamic State militants in Iraq was rescued in a raid by Kurdish special forces last week.

The 16-year-old travelled from her hometown in Sweden to Syria last year and crossed the border into Iraq.

Kurdish counter-terrorism forces rescued the girl near the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on February 17.

The Kurdish security council identified the rescued teenager as coming from the town of Boras and said she had been misled into making the journey to Syria by an Islamic State member in Sweden.

"The Kurdistan Region Security Council was called upon by Swedish authorities and members of her family to assist in locating and rescuing her from ISIL," the statement read.

The teenager is currently in the Kurdistan region where she awaits arrangements to return home to Sweden a year after she left.

The New Arab has decided not to use the image of the unidentified girl due to sensitivities surrounding her age.

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