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Fate of Canadian-Israeli woman in Syria unclear

A 31-year-old a civil aviation pilot who was arrested in 2009, Rosenberg told Reuters in November she was in Syria

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A Kurdish official in Syria denied on Monday previous reports that Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg was captured by ISIS militants and a Facebook message on her page read “I’m totally safe and secure,” although the post could not be verified.

A 31-year-old a civil aviation pilot who was arrested in 2009, Rosenberg told Reuters in November she was in Syria.

A source linked to the YPG, the Kurds’ dominant fighting force in northern Syria, told Reuters that Rosenberg was their first female foreign recruit and had crossed into Syria to fight against ISIS militants.

Idris Nassan, a local official in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, told Reuters that his people in the field reported that she had not been captured, dismissing it as propaganda.

“Guys, I’m totally safe and secure. I don’t have Internet access or any communication devices with me for my safety and security,” read the post on Rosenberg’s Facebook page on Monday.

“Ignore the reports I’ve been captured.”

Despite this, Israeli media reported on Sunday that Rosenberg had been captured, citing a website associated with ISIS.

Canada has said it is “pursuing all appropriate channels” to try to verify the reports of her kidnap.

“There are conflicting reports and whenever we get conflicting reports, I think the responsible thing to do is to get all the facts,” Foreign Minister John Baird told reporters in London.

“Obviously we have very limited capacity to do much in large swathes of this territory and that’s the reason why we’ve issued the travel advisories (against going to Iraq and Syria).”

(With Reuters)

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