UK schoolgirl who joined IS in Syria 'wants to come home'

UK schoolgirl who joined IS in Syria 'wants to come home'

In an interview with The Times newspaper, heavily pregnant Shamima Begum, now 19, said she was exhausted of life on a battlefield and feared for her unborn child after two of her other children died.

"We have successfully prosecuted a number of them in the last few years when they have come back and the others should expect the same if they return".

But he said hearing Shamima Begum's story gave him hope. "I don't regret coming here".

After arriving in Raqqa, she stayed at a house with other newly arrived brides-to-be, she told the Times.

She also said the two other teens she fled with - Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana - remain in the last ISIS stronghold despite fears they'd been killed.

In February 2015, Begum travelled to Syria with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, fellow students at East London's Bethnal Green Academy.

The family members of ISIS fighters who hold a foreign passport are a thorny issue for their countries of origin. Begum says the other two were alive as of two weeks ago.

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The 19-year-old said life under the Caliphate had been a normal one.

He told the Telegraph: "As a father I would say to the British government please let the girls back into the country and give them some kind of teaching".

She is now one of 39,000 people in a refugee camp in northern Syria.

"Every now and then there are bombs and stuff".

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However, he said "the public have a right to say no" to Shamima Begum returning home if she had no regrets about what she had done.

Ms Begum has already had two children since arriving in Syria, and both died in infancy.

"In the end, I just could not endure anymore", she said, describing the death from illness and malnutrition of her first two children.

"The caliphate is over", she said, adding that "there was so much oppression and corruption that I don't think they deserved victory". "I thought only of what he would have done to a Muslim woman if he had the chance", she said.

Begum spoke fondly of her time under ISIL, saying she lived a relatively normal life despite seeing "beheaded heads" in bins and being forced to observe ISIL's strict and literalist interpretation of Islam.

Begum said that her friends, whose husbands have died, made a decision to stay behind in Baghouz. "It just came out of nowhere, it was so hard".

"That makes me think twice".

Dal Babu, a former Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent, said it should be remembered that Ms Begum was groomed as a child to become a radicalised woman and was a "victim of brainwashing". Later crossed the border into Syria.

"There's consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this Government has given for many years is that actions have consequences".

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IS has lost control of most of the territory it overran, including its strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.

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