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German teenager says she was 'idiot' for joining Isil, in first interview since capture

Added: 17.12.2017 9:48 | 4 views | 0 comments

A German teenage girl has said she was an “idiot” for joining Islamic State and the decision has wrecked her future, in her first interview since her arrest by Iraqi forces in Mosul.   Linda Wenzel, 17, claimed her escape was a “stupid idea” but showed little remorse in the first meeting with her family since she left her hometown of Pulsnitz in Saxony for Syria in July last year.  Linda was briefly reunited with her mother Katharina and sister Miriam, who were allowed to visit her at the Palace of Justice in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.  A video of the meeting shows Linda, who is currently being held in prison while she awaits trial, wearing a flowery headscarf sporting round cheeks. She appears hesitant at first and pauses for a few seconds before finally embracing her mother, who hands her a stuffed toy.  Linda embraces her mother in Baghdad Credit: Weltspeigel Extra She told her mother: “I do not know, how I came up with the stupid idea to go to the Islamic State. I have ruined my life.” Speaking about why she left home, she said there were problems with her family at that time. After deciding to convert to Islam she felt rejected by her parents and friends at school.  “You could have talked about it,” her mother told her daughter in the meeting. “I couldn’t talk to you,” Linda replied. “You said you didn’t accept that I had joined Islam." Linda's mother hands the teenager a stuffed toy Credit: Weltspiegel Extra  Linda said she then fell in love with a Chechen man online and he convinced her to travel to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s so-called caliphate in Syria.  She said she watched Isil videos, “which were so rosy – where men and their wives and children wandered together through parks … they baked bread together. It was like being in another world.” She travelled on her mother’s documents to Turkey. From there she says she was married to the man, whose full name she does not know. She called him Mohammed, but said: “I don’t know (his surname), something Chechen.” Linda Wenzel on the day she was capture in Mosul by Iraqi forces Credit: Social media The marriage was conducted in Turkey before Linda had even met her fiance. He was on the phone from Syria with a witness. She described the wedding as underwhelming: “There was so ceremony, no party,” she said.  She said she mostly cooked and cleaned the apartment for her new husband. “We didn’t talk much, he came home, then...yes, I cooked, always cooked, and cleaned the apartment,” she recalled.  She said spent most of the time with other women and helped look after their children, moving between the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.  “Personally, I would not have been able to handle children,” she said. "I kept busy with myself. Trying not to go mad when you hear a bomb somewhere and the shrapnel falls on the roof. “Why did you come here, you idiot?” she asked herself.  Iraqi security forces film as they apprehend Linda Wenzel earlier this year in the Iraqi city of Mosul She lamented that none of the other women spoke German, which made it difficult to communicate.  Her husband was later killed in an air strike and she was left alone in a foreign land.  In January 2017 she sent a message to her mother saying: “My husband is dead because of you. Because you pay for the bombs here with your taxes.”  She called German intelligence “dogs” and praised the Berlin terror attacker Anis Amri, who carried out last year’s lorry attack on a Christmas market. Her case became known after she was photographed being dragged out of the ruins of Mosul by Iraqi security forces near the end of the battle to liberate the city in July. Iraqi security sources told the Telegraph Linda had been trained as a sniper and was found with a gun.  However, she claimed that while she was brainwashed by the jihadists, she never touched a weapon: “I don’t know how such a thing works”, she said.  Linda said she was an "idiot" for traveling to Syria to join Isil Credit: Weltspiegel Extra Next month, she will face trial in Baghdad, where she stands accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation. Iraqi authorities have so far refused to extradite her to Germany. “I've ruined my life with this. I can only recover from my physical injuries,” she said, referring to wounds caused by air strikes. “I’ve wrecked my future. In Germany everyone knows me, everyone knows what I look like, I can’t go anywhere without being recognised. I probably won’t even find a job and everyone will say, we will employ her anyway.” Now, she just wants to return with her family to Germany. “I'm done with Iraq,” she said. 

Wife of Chechen accused of Putin assassination plot shot dead near Kiev

Added: 01.11.2017 16:10 | 7 views | 0 comments

The Ukrainian wife of a Chechen man accused by Russia of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin was shot dead outside Kiev on Monday in an attack that also wounded her husband, Ukrainian interior ministry officials said. Amina Okuyeva and Adam Osmayev were in a car that was shot at from bushes near a railway crossing on the outskirts of the capital, interior ministry advisors Anton Gerashchenko and Zoryan Shkiryak said in separate posts on Facebook. The attack follows a vehicle bombing in Kiev last Thursday, in which two people were killed and three wounded, including Ihor Mosiychuk, a member of the populist opposition Radical Party.

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Cotswolds public schoolboy 'who plotted to kill Putin' injured and wife killed in Ukraine ambush shooting

Added: 01.11.2017 2:09 | 7 views | 0 comments

Aformer public school boy convicted of plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been injured and his wife killed in an ambush shooting outside Kiev. Adam Osmaev, 36, a who was born in what is now Russia's Chechnya republic and studied at Wycliffe College in the Cotswolds, was injured but will live after his car was hit with gunshots from the bushes at a railroad crossing in the Kiev region, according to Anton Geraschenko, MP and aide to Ukraine's interior minister.  He had fought for Kiev as a battalion commander in the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Mr Osmaev's wife Amina Okueva was killed in the attack, however, Mr Geraschenko said. “The best commemoration of her will be a just reprisal against all those who were involved in this horrible murder,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Amina Okueva was shot dead in the ambush The attack follows a scooter bombing that injured a nationalist MP and killed two others in Kiev last week.  Monday's attack was the latest in at least nine high-profile assassination attempts in Ukraine in the past 15 months, including a June attempt on the lives of Mr Osmaev and Ms Okueva. In that incident, a Chechen man posing as a correspondent for French newspaper Le Monde opened a red gift box to reveal a pistol. Mr Osmaev was shot while trying to grab the weapon, but Ms Okueva drew her own pistol, shot the assassin dead and treated her husband's wounds until help arrived. Adam Osmaev fought for Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists Credit: AFP Mr Osmaev came to prominence when he was arrested in Ukraine in 2012 and charged with plotting to blow up Mr Putin's motorcade. The European Court of Human Rights prevented his extradition to Russia, but he was imprisoned for three years for illegal possession of explosives and forgery. The son of a high-ranking official, Mr Osmaev and his family had fled Chechnya after a falling out with Ramzan Kadyrov, who is now head of the republic.

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Wife of man accused of Putin plot killed

Added: 31.10.2017 12:21 | 9 views | 0 comments

The wife of a Chechen man accused of plotting an attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin has died after the couple's car was shot at near Kiev, police say.


Wife of accused in plot to assassinate Putin killed in Kiev shooting

Added: 30.10.2017 22:25 | 11 views | 0 comments

The Ukrainian wife of a Chechen man accused by Russia of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin was shot dead outside Kiev on Monday in an attack that also wounded her husband, Ukrainian interior ministry officials said.

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Tai chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise

Added: 12.10.2017 17:04 | 10 views | 0 comments

The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi -- which can increase in pace -- hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.

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Tai chi may help prevent falls in older and at-risk adults

Added: 24.07.2017 23:34 | 12 views | 0 comments

An analysis of published studies indicates that tai chi may help reduce the number of falls in both the older adult population and at-risk adults.

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Italy arrests Chechen man suspected of Islamic State link

Added: 08.07.2017 17:07 | 15 views | 0 comments

Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Chechen man suspected of being a militant of Islamic State and involvement in attacks in the Chechen capital Grozny in 2014.


Italy arrests Chechen man accused of fighting with ISIS

Added: 08.07.2017 16:46 | 13 views | 0 comments

Prosecutors told a news conference in the southern city of Bari that Eli Bombataliev, who had been living in nearby Foggia since 2012, was arrested three days ago on terror charges under emergency measures as he was preparing to depart for Belgium.


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