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Norwegian teen jihadi reported injured in Syria

Two teenaged Norwegian sisters who ran away from home in October, saying they wanted to help rebels in Syria, are indeed in the war-wracked country, a lawyer for their family confirmed Thursday.

Norwegian teen jihadi reported injured in Syria
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
The youngest, aged 16, is injured and has to be treated before she and her sister can leave Syria, the lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told the Aftenposten newspaper. Norwegian media reported the 16-year-old had a bullet wound.
 
"One daughter has gunshot wounds to the leg.  It hurts her to walk and move, which complicates the task of getting them out of the country," Lippestad said. "They have to walk or run across the border into Turkey, and then come home to Norway." 
 
"But the father has faith that they will get help and be helped across the border to Turkey. He is optimistic."   
 
The other sister is aged 19. Both are from a family of Somalian origin living in Norway.
   
Their disappearance in mid-October, with messages to the family that they planned to go to Syria to support insurgents there, prompted Norway to launch an international search for them through Interpol.
   
Their father told NRK at the end of October that online messages he had received from the girls suggested they had made it to Syria, where they said they were being "held against their will" by rebels.
 
But Lippestad said the father had now received assurances that the two would soon be released.
   
The identities of the girls and the father have not been made public by Norwegian authorities.
   
Norway's intelligence services estimate that 30 to 40 Norwegian nationals have gone to Syria to fight.
 

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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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