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Canadian-Israeli Woman Says She Hasn't Been Captured By ISIS

Gillian Rosenberg, a 31-year-old former soldier in the Israeli Defense Force who joined Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, posted a message on Facebook saying she is "totally safe and secure."

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Gillian Rosenberg, the Canadian-Israeli woman fighting ISIS with Kurdish forces in Syria, has updated her Facebook page to say that, contrary to reports, she has not been captured by militant forces.

"Guys, I'm totally safe and secure," she wrote Monday. "I don't have Internet access or any communication devices with me for my safety and security. I can't reply regularly and only happened to have a chance to log in and see these buklshit [sik] news stories. Ignore the reports that I've been captured."

News of Rosenberg's apparent capture first emerged online on ISIS-affiliated websites early Sunday morning. The websites did not post any proof or state whether she was in Iraq or Syria, The Jerusalem Post reported, only saying that she had been taken hostage following three suicide attacks on Kurdish forces.

The Canadian and Israeli governments said Sunday that they were looking into reports that a Canadian-Israeli woman had been captured by ISIS in Syria. They have not yet confirmed the news posted on Rosenberg's page.

Rosenberg is believed to be the first foreign female fighter to join Syrian Kurds in their fight against ISIS.

In an interview with Israel Radio earlier this month, Rosenberg claimed to be in Iraq and said she was training with Kurdish guerrillas and planned to battle militants in Syria. When asked about her decision to fight, she said, "[The Kurds] are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really."


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