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ISIS Schoolgirl Wants to Have her Baby Back in UK

ISIS Schoolgirl Wants to Have her Baby Back in UK

Friday, 15 February, 2019 - 08:15
Shamima Begum while traveling to Syria via Turkey. File photo
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Britain’s Security Minister Ben Wallace has said he would not put peoples’ lives at risk to rescue UK citizens who went to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS terrorist group.

“I’m not putting at risk British people’s lives to go looking for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state,” Wallace told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Thursday.

His comments came after a British teenager who joined ISIS in Syria said in an interview that she wanted to come home.

Shamima Begum, who ran away from London with two school friends in 2015, spoke to The Times newspaper from a refugee camp in eastern Syria after fleeing the collapse of the extremist group's rule.

Now 19, she said that two of her children were dead and she was now about to give birth again.

"I just could not endure any more," she told the newspaper.

Begum made headlines around the world when, aged just 15, she left to join the extremist group with her two friends from Bethnal Green in east London. Another girl, Sharmeena Begum, from the same school had run away the year before.

Of the four girls, Kadiza Sultana who traveled to Syria with Begum, has since been reported killed.

Begum said the other two, Sharmeena Begum -- no relation -- and Amira Abase, stayed in Baghouz where ISIS militants are making a final stand against US-backed forces.

The pregnant teen said she didn't regret joining the group and wasn't troubled the first time she saw the severed head of one of its execution victims — comments that will likely make it more difficult for her to convince British authorities she is ready to rejoin civilian society.

She told Times reporter Anthony Loyd she knows she may face a hostile reception in Britain.

"I know what everyone at home thinks of me as I have read all that was written about me online," she said. "But I just want to come home to have my child. I'll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child."

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