German Girl Who Ran Away To Join ISIS Was Found With A Malnourished Baby Boy
A 16-year-old, German girl, who ran away to join ISIS had a baby with her when she was found in the ruins of Mosul last week.
Linda Wenzel submitted to Iraqi forces last weekend after she was found hurt and screaming for help in a bombed out house in Mosul, a year after she disappeared from her home near Dresden, Eastern Germany.
The starving baby boy she was with was taken to an Army clinic for medical attention before he and Linda were transported to Baghdad.
It was formerly reported that Linda was married to a Chechen Islamic State 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, however, 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 stubborn 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 uncertain 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.
The German embassy in Baghdad is believed to be liaising with Iraqi officials.
Earlier this week, an officer in Iraq’s elite counter terrorism unit told The Telegraph said she was a sniper for ISIS.
Speaking anonymously, he said: ‘We found her with a gun in her hand next to her Chechen husband, who was then killed by Iraqi forces in a firefight. She said she had killed a number of our men in the battle.’
‘She was a Daesh sniper, but maybe her husband pressured her into it. She looked scared.’
The Telegraph said it is thought Linda and the fighter formed a relationship after meeting in a chat room, where he convinced her to join ISIS.
Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil backed up the claims, adding that she was found with explosives and was ‘ready to attack the advancing troops.’
An Iraqi soldier told Germany’s Bild newspaper that he and his comrades mistook her at first for a sex slave of Islamic State terrorists.
Talking under the alias Mohammed Shuraf for protection, the soldier told the newspaper he and his comrades thought at first she was a Yazidi sex slave.
IS warriors routinely kidnapped and abused women of the minority Christian sect.
Describing the moment they found her, he said: ‘We entered a shattered house, which was previously under fire. There we heard someone screaming for help. It was the girl, she was alone, injured on the left arm and chest, lying on the floor. ‘
He said her clothes were filthy and around her neck she wore a thick scarf which she could also use as a headscarf.
She was found alongside members of the terror group’s fearsome all-female police force, some of whom were wearing suicide vests.
The teenager, described as ‘a brilliant student’ is said to have become ‘lonely and withdrawn’ after her parents’ marriage broke down and her mother Katharina began a new relationship with a caretaker at a local school.
She is thought to have met a Muslim man online who enticed her to join ISIS after the breakdown of her parents’ marriage.
She escaped the country using her mother’s passport and flew from Berlin to Turkey before making her way to Syria.
Last week her neighbours in the village of Pulsnitz, near Dreseden, south-east Germany, told of their shock and anger that the promising youngster left home to join the extremist group.
School friends have described the quiet teenager as becoming increasingly withdrawn.
In 2015 she was confirmed into the local church. Female priest Maria Gruener said: ‘She was a very placid girl who did not want to take part in confirmation instruction.’
But unbeknownst to her, Linda was misleadingly adopting the faith of the Christian church while secretly giving her heart to Islam.
As she attended the church, her parents’ marriage broke down and she moved with her mother to Pulsnitz.
There, Katharina moved in with Thomas Weiss. Unhappy and insecure, Linda suddenly found herself with a new stepfather – and an older stepsister called Dana.
In May last year the troubled teenager made contact on the internet with an Islamist preacher in Hamburg who sent her a copy of the Koran.
‘It seemed to offer her answers in a confused life,’ said Christina, 16, a fellow pupil at the town’s Ernst-Rierscher-Comprehensive school.
‘Last summer, shortly before we broke up, she began leaving home with a small bag in which she had an Islamic headscarf and long flowing robes which she donned to cover up all her skin. There were some arguments with staff.’
She stole her mother’s credit card and secretly bought an airline ticket to Istanbul. Until six months before she fled she had never even travelled by train alone, it has been reported.
But on Friday July 1 last year she told her mother and father she was going to spend the weekend with a friend called Caroline and would be back in Sunday.
She never came home, and was never at her friend’s.
Instead she travelled to Frankfurt and caught a plane to Istanbul before being smuggled into Syria.
Eventually, she ended up in Mosul where she changed her name to Umm Mariam, and was taken as a ‘jihadist bride’.
Behind her she left perplexed friends and parents as well as teachers who said she was in course for impressive A level results.
Speaking from the schoolgirl’s hometown last July, her mother said she was devastated.