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Marlin Stivani Nivarlain

Marlin Stivani Nivarlain

Stockholm- Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, Swedish 15-year-old teenager, left her country with an extremist young man not realizing the massive mistake she was making until she had arrived in Iraq. Nivarlain made a desperate call home begging to be rescued from northern Iraq at Mosul. The young teen was later rescued by Iraqi-Kurdish forces.

Veronica Nordlond, Swedish Office Spokeswoman, on Saturday told French press that the young teenager Nivarlain has returned to Sweden to her family. Nivarlain is from Boras in the south of Sweden.

Nivarlain had arrived on Friday at Stockholm accompanied with her parents who had taken several trips to Iraq over the past eight months. According to Boras local newspapers, the parents had saved no effort to get their child back.

Local police in Boras revealed that the young girl’s boyfriend is originally a Moroccan minor who had arrived to Sweden three years ago and is reportedly killed. According to an official statement for the Kurdistan Region Security Council, Kurdish forces had rescued the 15-year-old on Feb.17 somewhere near Mosul from which she had managed contact.

Kurdish Special Forces came to the aid of Nivarlain, near the ISIS-held city of Mosul on Wednesday, said the statement by the Kurdistan Region Security Council.

K24, a Kurdish news TV channel, broadcasted an interview with the young rescued teenager. The interview was conducted in rudimental English mentioning the details of Nivarlain’s journey after she had met her boyfriend in 2014. She speaks of how the Moroccan young teenager had wanted to join ISIS after watching videos posted for the terrorist organization.

“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,” she claimed.

She told the TV channel that the house she was staying in had no water or electricity and she had no money, and when she gained access to a phone she called her mother back in Sweden and said she wanted to come home.

“In Sweden we have everything and when I was there I didn’t have anything,” she said. “No water, no electricity and I didn’t have any money either.”

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