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'I want to go home': Swedish teenager talks of her Islamic State ordeal

A teenager who was rescued from the grip of Islamic State says she was duped by her boyfriend who convinced her to travel to the Middle East to join the murderous militants.

Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, 16, from Sweden, described her ordeal to a Kurdish TV station in the city of Erbil, northern Iraq.

Nivarlain said her radicalised boyfriend - who was 19 - eventually convinced her to accompany him to join the extremist group.

She said in the interview with Kurdistan 24:

First it was good together, but then he started to look at ISIS [Islamic State] videos and speak about them and stuff like that.

Then he said he wanted to go to ISIS, and I said, ‘Okay, no problem,’ because I did not know what ISIS meant or what Islam was - nothing.

– Marlin Stivani Nivarlain

According to The Washington Post, the pair left a foster home in Sweden and journeyed by train and bus to Turkey, where they crossed over into Syria from the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. There, jihadists moved them to the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Shortly after her arrival there, Nivarlain - who was reportedly pregnant at the time - began to regret her decision.

She says in the interview:

In Sweden we have everything, and when I was there, I did not have anything.

I did not have any money either. It was a really hard life.

When I had a phone I started to contact my mum and I said: ‘I want to go home.’

– Marlin Stivani Nivarlain

Kurdish forces have yet to release details of her rescue and it's not clear what happened to her newborn child. Nivarlain is being repatriated back to Sweden, according to reports.