A Canadian-born woman who served in the Israeli military and later joined a Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State group has returned to Israel.

Gill Rosenberg told Israel's Army Radio Monday that after eight months of fighting in Syria it was time to come home. She said her Jewish values compelled her to "do the right thing not just by our own people, but by any human being."

Rosenberg served in the Israeli military and was previously a pilot in Canada. She spent time in a U.S prison for her part in a phone scam before joining the Kurdish militia last year. She was among the first female volunteers to fight in the Syrian civil war. Later, there were false reports that she had been captured by Islamic State group.