According to unconfirmed reports on jihadist websites cited by Channel 2 News, Islamic State (aka ISIS) terrorists have captured Jill Rosenberg, a Candian-Israeli woman who volunteered to join the Kurdish fighters in Syria that are struggling with Al Qaeda in the battle for Kobane.
The reports – which have no official confirmation – said that ISIS abducted Rosenberg after it carried out three suicide attacks on rebel-held positions.
It was Voice of Israel public radio that first reported, earlier in November, that Rosenberg, 31, had joined the Kurdish fighters. She reportedly made aliyah in 2006 and served in the IDF's Home Front rescue unit. She was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the US, after being charged with taking part in an international scam which tricked American pensioners out of funds totaling $25 million.
She was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail, but was released and expelled from the US.
“I have decided to contribute my share to the Kurdish national effort,” the woman said. She told Voice of Israel that she joined the Kurdish resistance after contacting them through the internet. She claimed that she left Tel Aviv, reached Irbil in Iraq a few days later, and was then taken to the mountains near the border to be trained before being sent to fight. She has crossed the border into Syria, she added.
"I reached the IPG, a Kurdish army in the war against ISIS,” she said. “Now I am about 3,000 kilometers from ISIS.”
Asked what led her to join the Kurds, she replied: “They are our brothers. Good people who love life just like us.” She said that she is undergoing a sort of boot camp and that she has met female Kurdish fighters.