Kurdish special forces rescue teenage Swedish girl from Islamic State
The black flags of jihadist group Islamic State flew over the Mosul dam - AFP
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ERBIL, Iraq: A teenage Swedish girl being held by Islamic State militants was rescued in a raid by Kurdish special forces last week, the autonomous region’s security council said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old travelled from Sweden to Syria last year and then crossed the border into Iraq, where she was rescued near the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Feb. 17 by forces from the Kurdish counterterrorism department, the statement added.

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