ISIS: UK media, 3 British girls have reached Raqqa

NGO, German woman in Kurdish militia dead in Syria

09 March, 13:29

    (ANSAmed) - LONDON, MARCH 9 - Three British teenagers who left the United Kingdom to join ISIS have allegedly reached Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State, British press reports said Monday. Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, disappeared after boarding a flight to Istanbul from London's Gatwick airport. The teens are believed to have reached Syria from Turkey through the city of Arai.

    The girls reportedly reached another British teen, aged 15, a school friend from the Green Academy in Bethnal Green, whose identity has not been disclosed. They are now believed to be under ISIS's control. Some 22 young women are believed to have reached Syria from the United Kingdom over the past year.

    Meanwhile a young woman of German nationality who joined the Kurdish militia YPG has died fighting against ISIS in north-east Syria, according to UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human rights, which did not identify the woman, who died near the city of Tal Tamer. In the same region, between the end of February and the beginning of March, two other foreigners died while fighting with Kurdish militias. They are Australia's Ashley Joniston and Britain's Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, a former member of the Royal Marines.

    According to reports from Kurdish media, the woman was 19 and was called Ivana Hoffman. She was born in Germany to a family of African origin and was a member of the Communist Marxist-Leninist (Pcml) Turkish party, which enjoys good relations with the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK and Syrian YPG militias. Pcml announced her death. The woman, also known by her Turkish battle name Avasin Tekosin Gunes, had been fighting for six months against the Islamic State in Al Hasakah province, in north-est Syria. The party regularly sends volunteers to Syria to fight alongside YPG militias and five of its militants have already been killed.


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