ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday released a confession video of a female Islamic State (IS) member from France, considered one of the most wanted extremists by international intelligence agencies.
Emilie Koenig, 33, played a major role in online recruiting of IS fighters and propaganda for the group since traveling to Syria in 2012.
Koenig has been added to a United Nations watch list as well as the US State Department’s terrorist list for encouraging IS sympathizers in France to stage attacks in the country.
In the video released by the YPG, the 33-year-old explains her experience with IS, in Arabic.
Born in Lorient, France, Koenig converted to Islam when she married an Algerian man who was later imprisoned for drug trafficking.
According to The Local, she joined an extremist group in France called the “Knights of Pride” who were recognized for their protests against the French government’s decision to ban the “niqab” (full-face veil) in public.
In Syria, Koenig remarried a French IS fighter before she began her involvement with the group which included weapons training and posting propaganda videos to encourage others to join her.
YPG forces arrested her on Dec. 12, 2017, and have kept her, along with her children, at a camp where she is provided basic needs and was even allowed to contact her mother.
According to her mother, who received a phone call from Koenig in July 2017, her daughter has shown “signs of regret and remorse over her actions and way of thinking, and wishes to pay her dues in France.”