The teenage girl from Germany whom Iraqi security forces discovered in a tunnel in the northern city of Mosul last week has spoken of her regret at joining the ranks of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), according to German media reports.
Soldiers found Linda W., 16, with four other women in Mosul’s Old City, the site of weeks of intense fighting between Baghdad’s elite forces and ISIS militants. Images of her capture were widely shared on social media.
German prosecutors have confirmed her identity to be the same as the German teenage girl who fled her hometown near the eastern city of Dresden last summer. She now appears to regret ever joining the jihadi group.
“I just want to get away from here,” she was quoted as saying by German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which also said that she had married an ISIS fighter in Mosul. “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.”
Yet she may never be able to correct her regret. Iraqi forces are not seeking her extradition, so she may face trial in Baghdad, where she is languishing in an Iraqi prison.
German security services say more than 900 German nationals have left the country to fight for ISIS in the Middle East, at least one-fifth of them being women.
There is a lesson to be learned here. Don’t be like Linda W. She’s an idiot.