UK Teen Who Joined Islamic State Has Baby in Syria

The teenager revealed last week that she wanted to return to the UK. Credit PA

The teenager revealed last week that she wanted to return to the UK. Credit PA

'I don't think people, feeling the way many do about what Shamima has done, would want the state to pick up the burden of looking after the child'. I married my husband.

Writing in The Sunday Times he said: "The hard challenge we now face is what we should do about those who are still seeking to return".

Their lawyer Aamar Anwar told the Sunday Mirror: "If it was your daughter would you not want her back?"

A statement released through the family lawyer said: "We, the family of Shamima Begum, have been informed that Shamima has given birth to her child, we understand that both she and the baby are in good health".

The pregnant 19-year-old was tracked down by the newspaper four years after she travelled to Syria as a 15-year-old to join Islamic State, and she told how she would "do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child".

The teenager was one of a group of schoolgirls from London's Bethnal Green neighbourhood who went to Syria to marry IS fighters in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate.

Kadiza is thought to have died when a house was blown up, and the fate of Almira is unknown.

"Now, we are faced with the situation of knowing that Shamima's two young children have died - children that we will never come to know as a family".

But she admitted she knew the group was carrying out beheadings and executions before she left, adding that she was "OK with it at first". "I didn't know what I was getting into when I left", she told Sky News. "Like it attracted a lot of people".

"When I went to Syria I was just a housewife for the entire four years".

"They don't really have proof I did anything that is unsafe".

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Nigel Farage does not want Shamima Begum to return to the UK.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid warned last week he "will not hesitate" to prevent the return Ms Begum.

News about Begum and her desire to go back to Britain has ignited a debate in the United Kingdom about how to deal with citizens who joined ISIS and want to leave Syria now that the terrorist group is on the verge of collapse.

Ms Begum, whose baby is due to be born any day now, has previously failed to show any remorse for fleeing Britain in 2015 and joining ISIS.

Cabinet minister Jeremy Wright told BBC's Andrew Marr programme the new baby's nationality was "not straightforward". "We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory".

The demand came as he prepared, ahead of the pullout of USA troops, to declare the group's so-called "caliphate" destroyed, with US-led Arab and Kurdish forces close to capturing its last Syrian territorial holdout.

US President Donald Trump has again demanded that they take back hundreds of captured IS fighters.

He said: "The Caliphate is ready to fall".

"We must remember that those who left Britain to join Daesh were full of hate for our country".

"This is to determine if individuals have committed any terrorist or other criminal offences, regardless their motivation, and to ensure that they do not pose a danger to the public or the UK's national security".

Lord Dannatt explained: "It's not right to say "the Americans can take her and the other fighters and stick them in Guantanamo". "And that will remain the struggle for this generation, perhaps even the next generation as well".

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