Norway’s teenage jihadis held against their will

The two Norwegian-Somali teenaged sisters who travelled to Syria to aid the civil war effort are now being held against their will and are desperate to return home, the girls' father has told state broadcaster NRK.

Norway's teenage jihadis held against their will
The mother of Amar Ateek, 19, of the rebel Free Syria Army (FSA) mourns during his funeral in Anadan, north Syria, on April 21, 2012 - Freedom House
"They want to return to Norway, and they regret what they have done," he said. 
The father, who travelled to Turkey this month to find his daughters before they reach the front line, was contacted by his daughters, who are 19 and 16 years old, over the social networking site Facebook on Tuesday night.
He said the two girls were now in Syria, although they could not tell him how they had crossed the border. 
He said that the rebels fighters from the Free Syrian Army had offered to take him into Syria and help him find his daughters.
"I am willing to go into Syria anytime, preferably as soon as possible," he said. 
Frode Andersen, a spokesman for Norway's foreign ministry said he they had so far not been informed of the alleged kidnapping. 
"If it's true that there are now concerns of a kidnapping, and that they are being held against their will in Syria, this is of course a very serious matter," he said. 

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Nato ally Norway suspends new arms exports to Turkey

Norway, a Nato ally of Turkey, announced Thursday it was suspending all new arms exports to the country after Ankara launched a military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Nato ally Norway suspends new arms exports to Turkey
Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on October 10th. Photo: AFP

“Given that the situation is complex and changing quickly, the foreign ministry as a precautionary measure will not handle any new demands for exports of defence material or material for multiple uses… to Turkey,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in an email sent to AFP.

She added that the ministry would also review all licenses for arms exportation that have already been issued.

Syria's Kurds, who were the West's allies in the fight against Islamic State group jihadists, were battling Thursday to hold off a Turkish invasion as thousands of civilians fled air strikes and shelling that deepened fears of a humanitarian crisis and raised international alarm.

Finland, which is not a member of the Nato alliance, announced on Wednesday the suspension of all new arms exports to Turkey or any other country involved in the fighting.

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