Teen Who Ran Away To Join ISIS Is Found In Prison in Iraq

While the internet has provided people from around the world the means to connect with one another and access endless information, it's not always the safest place for impressionable minds.

A teen girl from Germany started expressing an interest in Islam, so her parents bought her a Koran. What her parents didn't realize, however, was that she was being radicalized by jihadist recruiters online.

The teen ran away to join ISIS and was recently found - but the nightmare may not end anytime soon.

At the age of 15, Linda Wenzel, from a small town near Dresden, disappeared. The teen told her parents she was traveling to visit a friend for the weekend, but she ran away after being groomed by an ISIS recruiter.

She flew to Turkey and was smuggled into Syria, where she was promptly married to her recruiter.

The terrorists put a gun in her hand and pushed her into battle. Now 16, the girl was recently found in the rubble in Mosul with a gunshot wound. She promptly surrendered and is ready for the nightmare to end.

“I just want to get away from here,” she told the German newspaper, 'Sueddeutsche Zeitung'. “I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise. I just want to go home to my family.”

The teen is currently being held in an Iraqi prison, and Germany is not seeking extradition for her. She may end up facing trial in Baghdad.

Her family was shocked when they learned the news that Linda was alive. Her father Reiner Wenzel, a 52-year-old construction worker, said to German newspaper BILD, "I collapsed when I learned that Linda lives. I heard on the radio that they had found her alive in Mosul. My colleagues came over to me. I had to leave and go and sit at a service station where I cried."

Reiner held up a photo of Linda in the newspapers, looking dazed and confused as she was rescued by Iraqi forces. "I recognized her from a little scar across one eye that she got as a child from a garden swing. I have never seen my little one look so serious and so sad," he said.

The battle for Mosul has been raging on for nine months. Three years ago, ISIS implemented an extreme version of Sharia law over many cities in Iraq, and they've since lost all the cities they once held except Mosul, their stronghold.

Kurdish officials believe that ISIS is getting ready to make a last stand with a deadly insurgency in a last-ditch effort to hold onto what they're losing.

The teen is actually not alone; some 900 German nationals have left the country to take up the fight for jihad in the Middle East with ISIS. At least 20 percent of those people have been women. ISIS recruiter strategies are very effective in targeting and manipulating vulnerable people.

Source: Yahoo, Daily Mail
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