Dramatic video: 16-year-old girl who fled Germany for ISIS was arrested by Iraqi soldiers, could face execution
Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel was captured by Iraqi soldiers on videoiraq-girl-german
A 16-year-old German teenager who fled her country to join ISIS was found dirty and wounded by Iraqi forces in Mosul, Iraq.
Iraqi soldiers were seen on video celebrating her capture and dragging 16-year-old jihadi bride Linda Wenzel to a makeshift prison after capturing her in late July.
“Make room, make room, she is a Christian, she can’t take it any more,” one soldier is heard in the video. “She is hurting, she is weak, she is a blonde, she is a German.”
Wenzel has been questioned for her terrorism ties and could face the death penalty for being a member of ISIS, Daily Mail reported.
Wenzel converted to Islam as a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Pulsnitz, Germany, last year and later joined ISIS after being recruited by an ISIS recruiter online. Wenzel then flew to Istanbul using her mother’s money after telling her parents that she was going to her friend’s house for a few days. She was then smuggled into Iraq where she married the recruiter, a Chechen fighter, who was killed while fighting.
It is unclear what role Wenzel performed for ISIS, but The Telegraph reported that she served as a sniper who killed Iraqi soldiers.
“We found her with a gun in her hand next to her Chechen husband, who was then killed by Iraqi forces in a firefight,” an officer in Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism unit told The Telegraph. “She said she had killed a number of our men in the battle.”
Wenzel reportedly said that she wants to be extradited to Germany, where she would cooperate with authorities and face charges of belonging to and supporting a terrorist organization.
Wenzel reportedly had a baby with her when she was captured in Mosul, which was taken to an Army clinic for medical attention; then Wenzel was transferred to Baghdad for questioning.
An Iraqi soldier told Germany’s Bild newspaper that Wenzel was found injured and screaming for help in a broken-down house lying next to an all-female police force, some of whom were wearing suicide vests.
Wenzel reportedly told reporters that she regrets joining ISIS.
“I just want to get away from here. I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise. I just want to go home to my family,” Wenzel said.