A teenage girl from Sweden has been rescued from Islamic State in Iraq by Kurdish special forces.

The 16-year-old – named as Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, from the Swedish city of Boras – travelled to Syria last year before crossing into Iraq.

She was rescued near the city of Mosul on 17 February, according to a statement from the autonomous region’s security council.

It claimed that an Islamic State member in Sweden had encouraged her to make the journey.

“The Kurdistan Region Security Council was called upon by Swedish authorities and members of her family to assist in locating and rescuing her from ISIL”, it said.

It added that the teenager was currently in Kurdistan, and would be handed over to the Swedish authorities.

Arrangements will be put in place to get her home.

It has been reported that Ms Nivarlain travelled to Syria with a 19-year-old boyfriend last June, without her parents’ knowledge.

Sky’s Foreign Affairs Editor, Sam Kiley said: “She is now in the Kurdish capital, Irbil, being treated, and will be passed onto the Swedish authorities as soon as she is medically cleared by the Kurds.

“Interestingly, there is no suggestion coming from the Kurds that they are treating her as a terrorist.

“She’s being treated very much as a child and as a victim.”