German teen reunites with family after running away to join Islamic State

German teen reunites with family after running away to join Islamic State
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A German teen facing the death penalty for joining Islamic State (IS) has had an emotional reunion with her mother and sister.

Linda Wenzel, 17, ran away to Iraq to marry an Islamic State fighter in 2016, The Guardian reports.

She was told she would live a good life in the caliphate, but soon realised that wouldn't be the case, she says.

Her husband died five months into the marriage and Wenzel was captured in July 2017. She's currently being held in a prison in Baghdad.

Her family was able to see her for the first time in years in an emotional interview broadcast on German television.

They want her brought back to Germany to face trial but she may instead be tried in Iraq and receive the death penalty.

The German government says they would step in on a diplomatic level to avoid the death penalty - but they do not want to "roll out the red carpet" for Wenzel and others who had run away to be brides of IS.

All Wenzel wants is to be returned to her family.

"Most of all I'd like to stuff you into my suitcase, close it up and take you with me," Wenzel's sister told her at the end of the interview.

"I'd very much like to come with you," she replied.

Newshub.