Marlin Stivani Nivarlain was rescued by Kurdish special forces
A teenage girl from Sweden has been rescued from Islamic State in Iraq by Kurdish special forces.
The 16-year-old - named as Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, from the Swedish city of Boras - travelled to Syria last year before crossing into Iraq.
She was rescued near the city of Mosul on the 17th of February, according to a statement from the autonomous region's security council.
It said she had been "misled" by an Islamic State member in Sweden who had encouraged her to make the journey.
"The Kurdistan Region Security Council was called upon by Swedish authorities and members of her family to assist in locating and rescuing her from ISIL", it said.
It added that the teenager was currently in Kurdistan, and would be handed over to the Swedish authorities.
No details were provided about the rescue operation, or how the girl had been treated by Islamic State.
It has been reported that Ms Nivarlain travelled to Syria with a 19-year-old boyfriend last June, without her parents' knowledge.
Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor, Sam Kiley, said she was "romantically involved with an Isis sympathiser in Sweden".
He added: "The two of them, according to my sources in Kurdistan, travelled to Syria, possibly they think to Raqqa originally, and then on to Mosul. The understanding is that she was able to get a message out to her family. The hints I'm getting (are) that she was in an environment in which she was very uncomfortable and wanted to get out. She is now in the Kurdish capital, Irbil, being treated, and will be passed onto the Swedish authorities as soon as she is medically cleared by the Kurds. Interestingly, there is no suggestion coming from the Kurds that they are treating her as a terrorist. She's being treated very much as a child and as a victim."
Mosul has been controlled by Islamic State since June 2014.
Former UK serviceman Mikey Kay, who served in Iraq, told Sky News it showed "how important the Iraqi Kurds, or the Peshmerga as they're more commonly known, and the Syrian Kurds, the YPG ... are in the fight against Islamic State".
Last autumn, the Swedish Security Service, Sapo, said 300 Swedes had gone to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq during the previous three years.
It said 40 had been killed in combat.
More than 100 had since returned home.