But there was an aura of loneliness about her that I could not understand.'In 2015 she was confirmed into the local church.
Talking under the alias Mohammed Shuraf for protection, the soldier told the newspaper he and his comrades thought at first she was a Yazidi sex slave.
IS warriors routinely kidnapped and abused women of the minority Christian sect.
Describing the moment they found her, he said: 'We entered a shattered house, which was previously under fire. It was the girl, she was alone, injured on the left arm and chest, lying on the floor.
'He said her clothes were filthy and around her neck she wore a thick scarf which she could also use as a headscarf.
She was married to a Chechen Islamic State fighter and 'admitted' to killing Iraqi troops, it has been claimed.