Rescued Swedish girl says life under Islamic State ‘really hard’

Rescued Swedish girl says life under Islamic State ‘really hard’
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[Ed. – No, duh!]

A Swedish teenager rescued from Islamic State militants in Iraq has said life in the so-called caliphate was “really hard” and that she was duped into going there by her boyfriend.

In her first interview since Kurdish special forces recovered her in northern Iraq, the 16-year old told a Kurdish TV channel she had met her boyfriend in mid-2014 after dropping out of school in Sweden.

“First we were good but then he started to look at ISIS videos and speak about them and stuff like that,” she told Kurdistan 24 in a brief interview, using another name for the Islamic State group.

“Then he said he wanted to go to ISIS and I said ok, no problem, because I didn’t know what ISIS means, what Islam is — nothing,” said the girl.

The couple set off from Sweden in late May 2015 and made their way across Europe by bus and train until reaching the Turkish border province of Gaziantep, from which they crossed into Syria.

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