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Swedish Girl, 16, Rescued Near ISIS-Held City of Mosul, Kurds Say

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Counterterrorism forces have freed a 16-year-old Swedish girl from ISIS captivity in Iraq, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.

The teenager was rescued near the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Region Security Council.

Originally from the Swedish city of Boras, the girl was "misled by an [ISIS] member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul," the statement added.

Kurdish officials said the rescue was in response to a request from the Swedish government and family members.

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in August that it had been "informed a Swedish minor is in Syria" and that it was in contact with the family.

When contacted by NBC News on Tuesday, ministry spokeswoman Anna Ekberg said it had "no information to give on this matter," declining to comment on whether it was the minor who had been rescued.

The girl was being "provided the care afforded to her under international law" in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the Kurdish statement added.

Officials said the teenager would be transferred to Swedish authorities to return home "once necessary arrangements are put in place."

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