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Ten years on, Iraqi police rescue Yazidi girl taken by IS

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A Yazidi woman has been rescued by Iraqi authorities ten years after IS militants took her into captivity from the Iraqi city of Sinjar during the group’s brutal invasion in 2014. 

Yazidi rescue office head Hussain Qaidi, who is also associated with the Kurdistan Region Presidency, confirmed that Yazidi woman Tawaf Dawoud Chato was rescued on Tuesday.

Qaidi told that woman "arrived in Iraq from Western Kurdistan" and added that Iraqi security forces will keep her in custody until she returns to Sinjar, northern Iraq. 

The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister site Al Araby Al-Jadeed reported that a security official said Chato was kidnapped as a young girl 10 years prior by IS militants. 

The source said that after IS lost control of its territories, she was transferred to Al-Hawl camp along with other families and did not know details of her family except that they hailed from the village of Tal Aziz in Sinjar.

However, after further investigation, Chato was found by authorities and will be reunited with her family who had believed her to be dead. 

According to the Yazidi rescue office, 3,576 of the abducted Yazidis have since been rescued so far.

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