One of the most extraordinary rescue missions in living memory has ended with all 12 Thai soccer players and their coach saved from deep inside the Tham Luang cave complex.
Appropriately, it was the Thai Navy SEALs — heroes one and all, and none more so than former Seal Suman Gunan, who died during the rescue effort last Friday — who announced that the incredibly dangerous and difficult mission had been completed.
A WOMAN has donned a burqa and travelled thousands of kilometres to Syria in an undercover mission to rescue her daughter from Islamic State terrorists.
The Dutch woman had been warned by police that the journey to find the teenager — who had recently converted to Islam and was married to a Dutch jihadi — would be too dangerous, The Telegraph reports.
But a mother’s love proved too strong and she decided to take matters into her own hands.
“Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This is what I think is right,” she told family and friends.
The woman, known only as Monique, contacted her daughter Aicha through Facebook to arrange a meeting in the Syrian town of Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State.
The young woman had fallen in love with IS militant Omar Yilmaz and his lifestyle after seeing him interviewed on television, according to media reports.
But as time passed, Aicha felt she had made a huge mistake.
“She wanted to go home, but could not leave Raqqa without help,” Monique said.
Determined to bring her daughter home, the mother disguised herself in a burqa to make the risky journey to Raqqa from Turkey, The Telegraphsays.
She and her daughter then managed to escape across the Syrian border back to Turkey where Aicha is being held as she does not have a passport.
Dutch officials are now involved and will bring the pair back before the end of the week.