Runaway German schoolgirl, 16, faces execution for joining ISIS as new video reveals the moment she was captured by baying soldiers in Mosul

Runaway German schoolgirl, 16, faces execution for joining ISIS as new video reveals the moment she was captured by baying soldiers in Mosul

WAAR-DUHOK:

This is the moment a German schoolgirl was found hiding in war-torn Mosul having fled from Germany to join ISIS.
Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel, 16, was filmed by an Iraqi soldier when she was dragged, filthy, dazed and wounded in her arm, from the former terror stronghold.
Footage shows the teenager wincing with pain and screaming as she was led away to a makeshift prison while baying soldiers celebrated her capture.

There are reports that she is being detained for questioning over terrorism offences and could face the death penalty in Iraq for being a member of ISIS.
Wenzel, who converted to Islam as a 15-year-old schoolgirl in her hometown of Pulsnitz in eastern Germany last year, ran away from home to join the fanatics after being groomed online by an ISIS recruiter.

She flew to Istanbul, was smuggled into Iraq, marred a Chechen fighter who was killed and ended up in Mosul where an estimated 25,000 Isis volunteers died in the battle to retake the city.

In the video two men can be seen escorting Wenzel, who seems to wince in pain from a wound. She looks at the ground and cries miserably as she is led away.
According to local reports, she was dubbed the Belle of Mosul by soldiers during what was described as a ‘walk of shame’ to a make-shift prison.

One soldier can be heard shouting: ‘Make room, make room, she is a Christian, she can’t take it any more, she is hurting, she is weak, she is a blonde, she is a German.


‘Her name is Dania, no Linda. Allah, Allah. Make way guys, let her through.’
Amid chaotic scenes, an older Iraqi army officer arrived to escort her away.

Germany is negotiating with Iraqi authorities to get the schoolgirl, who turns 17 at the end of this month, back to Germany where she faces charges of belonging to and supporting a terrorist organisation.

It is unclear exactly what role she performed for the group in Mosul, but if she fought and killed for the extremists she could face a long jail term.
One German magazine, citing Iraqi security sources, said she and the four German women she was found with in the rubble of Mosul last month worked with the ISIS ‘morals police’ responsible for women adhering to strict dress codes.

Those who did not obey faced a whipping – or worse. Whether Linda Wenzel was involved in brutalising anyone is also unclear.
Two of her compatriots come from the western city of Mannheim, identified as 50-year-old Lamia K. and her 21-year-old daughter Nadia, both Germans with Moroccan roots.

They attended a radical Salafist mosque in the city before leaving their homeland for the ISIS caliphate
Both were involved in recruiting women to join ISIS and made several videos online.
Last month’ Linda’s father spoke for the first time of his joy at learning his daughter was alive in Iraq while Linda has told reporters she regrets having joined the terror group.

Speaking in her prison cell in Baghdad, Linda said: ‘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.’

German broadcasters NDR and WDR and newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said they had spoken to Wenzel at a military complex in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad where she said she was ‘doing well’.

She is said to have suffered a gunshot wound to her left thigh and told reporters she wants to be extradited to Germany where she would cooperate with authorities.
Her construction worker father Reiner, 52, said he was painting lines on a busy autobahn near his home in Dresden when he got the news that his daughter was alive.

‘I collapsed when I learned that Linda lives,’ he told Germany’s BILD newspaper. ‘I heard on the radio that they had found her alive in Mosul.
‘My colleagues came over to me. I had to leaver and go and sit at a service station where I cried.
‘That is my little one,’ he said, holding up the photo of a confused and dazed Linda taken by one of the Iraqi troops who rescued her.
‘I recognised 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.’

Living apart from Linda’s mother Katharina, 48, he remembers her calling him on the night of July 3 last year asking if he knew where she was.
Linda had told her and her stepfather that she was traveling to spend the weekend with as friend. But she had actually purchased a ticket for Istanbul using her mum’a money and from there was smuggled into Syria.

Reiner went on: ‘Laster she found a copy for the airline ticked which shows she had booked a return flight for July 3, but she never came back. They would never let her come back.

‘On the day she left I had been in Pulsnitz painting road markings. She must have passed me on her way to the airport.
‘All the time she was gone I wished that my Linda was safe and that she would return happy and healthy to Germany. I would always be here for her.’
When she was gone police opened up a probe into her activities with ISIS, suspecting her of supporting a terror organisation. If the investigation is deactivated she could face a ten year jail term if she returns to Germany.
In theory, Iraqi authorities could sentence her to death for fighting for the militant group, although this odd seen as highly unlikely. German authorities are engaged in high level talks with Baghdad to see if she can be brought home to be reunited with her family.

Last month, it was revealed that the teenager had a baby with her when she was found in the ruins of Mosul.

The malnourished baby boy she was with was taken to an Army clinic for medical attention before he and Linda were transferred to Baghdad.
It was previously reported that Linda was married to a Chechen ISIS fighter and had ‘admitted’ to killing Iraqi troops.
An Iraqi special operations forces soldier who met the girl on the night of her arrest said that it was unclear if the child was Linda’s, though she is producing breast milk.

‘I don’t know for sure that it is her baby, but she keeps him with her always,’ the soldier told The Times.
The soldier said that the teenager was uncooperative with Iraqi soldiers.
‘I don’t think she regretted joining ISIS because she looked angry and she refused any help that we provide,’ he told The Times, suggesting that Linda was ‘brainwashed’.

German prosecutors say that Linda ran away from her family home in Pulsnitz in eastern Germany last summer. It’s unclear if she will return to Germany, as she could face trial in Iraq.

Linda is now being held in an Iraqi prison facility, where she will be held during an investigation.

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