BAGHDAD (AP) — A Dutch woman has surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq, saying she had been trying to escape the "hell" she was living in "all the time."
Laura Angela Hansen told Kurdistan 24 television that her father helped her escape with her two children — four-year-old Iman and Abdullah, one. She gave no details.
Born in 1995 in the Netherlands, she said her husband, who is Dutch of Palestinian origin, had told her he was taking her on a "vacation" when they entered IS-held areas in Syria. She lived for several months in Raqqa, de facto capital of the "Caliphate," before they moved to Mosul.
"I didn't want to come to Syria ... without me knowing. He pushed me," she said.