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French woman accused of recruiting for Isis ‘captured by Kurdish forces’

Emilie Knig, who appeared on UN and US blacklists, has been interrogated and tortured, according to her mother

Emilie Knig, a Frenchwoman suspected of recruiting fighters for Islamic State who appeared on US and UN blacklists, has been arrested by Kurdish forces in Syria, her mother said on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old daughter of a gendarme is being held in a Kurdish camp and has been interrogated and tortured, her mother told Ouest-France newspaper.

Knig went to Syria in 2014 and three of her children were born there.

She converted to Islam after marrying her first husband, an Algerian man, who was arrested for drug trafficking.

Knig learned Arabic, changed her name to Samra and started wearing a veil. She left for Syria to join her new partner, who was later killed. She appeared in several propaganda videos in which she appealed for jihad as long as the enemy is around.

Her mother said she wanted to return to France and to seek forgiveness of her family, her friends and her country.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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