Dutch mum rescues daughter from Islamic State – Telegraph

Dutch mum rescues daughter from Islamic State – Telegraph.

Mother ignores warnings of danger and travels to Syria disguised in a burka to save her nineteen-year-old daughter from terrorists

Islamic State extremists parade through the Syrian city of Raqqa in June 2014

Islamic State extremists paraded through the Syrian city of Raqqa in June 2014 Photo: AP

A mother defied official warnings to travel to the Syrian city of Raqqa to rescue her daughter from the clutches of Islamic State terrorists.

The woman, from Maastricht, named only as Monique was told that it was too dangerous to attempt the journey to free her daughter Aicha, 19.

“Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This is what I think is right,” she told family and friends

After an appeal for help from her daughter, a Dutch convert to Islam, for help last month, the mother was told by police not to try and rescue her because it was too dangerous.

She was also warned that the “provision of assistance” to jihadists, such as her daughter, could be a criminal offence.

Ignoring the warnings, Monique travelled from Turkey to Raqqa, the self styled capital of Islamic State, wearing a burka after arranging via Facebook a rescue rendezvous with he daughter.

The pair then escaped across the Syrian border back to Turkey where Aicha was arrested because she does not have a passport.

After converting to Islam aged 18, Aicha married Omar Yilmaz, a notorious Dutch jihadi, who is a former soldier, after seeing him interviewed on television.

“She wanted to go home, but could not leave Raqqa without help,” said the mother.

Dutch foreign ministry officials have intervened to bring the mother and daughter back from Turkey before the end of the week.

“It is quite remarkable that the mother managed to find and get her daughter,” Françoise Landerloo, the family’s lawyer told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

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