Emilie Konig: "I'm being investigated as if in my own country"

  • January 8, 2018 | News


Emilie Konig, a French jihadist woman, spoke up on the allegations by French media outlets about her.


French media has been spreading news about Emilie Konig, a French jihadist woman captured by our forces, that she faced oppression and was tortured by YPG. Konig responded the claims.



Konig said that all her and her childrens’ basic needs were met during her stay in the Hol refugee camp: “Some women told me that I would be persecuted, tortured and oppressed in YPG camps. I was asked by YPG to answer only a few questions when I was brought to the Hol refugee camp and my photos were taken. All these did not take more than 2 hours. Then they gave a shelter for me and my children to stay in. I was not subjected to any ill-treatment. Later, when I was told that I would be brought to another camp, I was so scared. I thought that I was going to be tortured in there. I immediately found a phone, called my mother and said I was afraid of the “possibility of torture”. Then I realized that there is no such thing. All my and my childrens’ needs have been being met on a regular basis here. I did not have any problems during my investigation. The investigation is a normal process. It is hard to experience it this way. But it is just an ordinary investigation process that consisting of questions and answers. Nothing else.”



Emilie Konig was born in France in 1984 as the daughter of a father serving in the French army. After her first husband was arrested for drug trafficking, she decided to marry a man called Ibrahim, whom she met on the internet. Soon she takes a plane from Paris to Istanbul to join the so-called Islamic State. Konig crosses the border from Kilis, a southern city of Turkey, into Azaz and joins ISIS.


Emilie receives ideological and military courses short after she arrives in Syria. Emilie, who was forced marriage three times by IS, appeared calling Muslims to join the Caliphate in some propaganda videos that had been put online by ISIS.


Konig was arrested in a special operation carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units on December 12, 2017. Konig is one of most wanted IS members in many European countries.


Konig’s speech in French:


YPG Press Office | January 8, 2018