‘Save me’: Islamic State ‘matchmaker’ in Syria begs to come home


‘Save me’: Islamic State ‘matchmaker’ in Syria begs to come home

Online UK Islamist recruiter now wants to flee Turkish bombs after life in the ‘caliphate’, but her home country has other ideas

Josie Ensor

The British “Islamist matchmaker” who escaped a detention camp has said she wants to be given passage to Turkey and allowed back home, in an interview from a rebel “safe house” in northern Syria.

Tooba Gondal, 25, who is being held by Syrian rebel fighters close to the Turkish border, says she “wants her nightmare to end”, in her first interview since she fled from a Kurdish-run detention camp over the weekend.

“I want to go home, see my family,” the former Goldsmith’s, University of London student said on WhatsApp. “But if I am not able, I want to seek refuge in Turkey. After all these years, I’m tired, you know? Enough,” she said, from the outskirts of the town of Tel Abyad, which recently came under Turkish control...

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