If you’re gonna join ISIS and kill soldiers, then you should probably be put on trial for your crimes when you’re captured, but everyone seems kind of shocked that 16-year-old German schoolgirl Linda Wenzel might receive this treatment.
Wenzel was found last week in the ruins of Mosul alongside a baby after she ran away from Berlin to join ISIS, allegedly because she was brainwashed by a jihadi she met on the internet. She doesn’t seem to regret her decision either, with an Isof (Iraqi Special Operations Forces) soldier saying the following:
I don’t know for sure that it is her baby, but she keeps him with her always.
I don’t think she regretted joining Isis because she looked angry and she refused any help that we provide.
We found her with a gun in her hand next to her Chechen husband, who was then killed by Iraqi forces in a firefight.
She said she had killed a number of our men in the battle.
Wenzel is currently imprisoned in Iraq whilst the authorities decide what to do with her. Following her admission of killing Iraqi soldiers when she was captured, they’re deciding whether to put her on trial in Iraq for this or extradite her back to Germany.
Not sure which is the better option for her to be honest, but it doesn’t sound like she regrets her decision and is adamantly pro jihadi still, despite the fact that her husband died in the fighting. I think she should obviously be tried for her crimes though, just like anyone else – it doesn’t really matter how young she is or whether she was brainwashed, she still did those things and she needs to face the consequences of them.
For more jihadis, check out this one accidentally blowing himself up when he was filming a propaganda video. Whoops.