Germany fights to stop ISIS schoolgirl, 16, being executed in Iraq after she was captured with jihadis in Mosul

Iraqi authorities have opened criminal proceedings against a German schoolgirl who ran away to join ISIS.

German diplomats are confident Linda Wenzel will be spared the death penalty but fear she could be detained for years in Iraq.

Charges were laid yesterday against the 16-year-old and three other German women captured in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in July.

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