Published: Wed, February 20, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

British Teen Who Joined IS Gives Birth In Refugee Camp

British Teen Who Joined IS Gives Birth In Refugee Camp

Ministers will seek an order "depriving" the 19-year-old Londoner of her British citizenship, solicitor Tasnime Akunjee said.

"We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision", he added.

News reported a letter from the Home Office that was received by Ms Begum's mother on Tuesday.

On Monday her family's lawyer said he anticipated she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the United Kingdom, but that it was the family's hope she would be given professional help following her experience in Syria.

Addressing the Commons on Monday, he revealed more than 100 people have been barred from entering Britain due to their status as foreigners, or by having their British citizenship stripped if they are dual nationals.

"I'm not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago".

Begum's case has launched a debate in the United Kingdom over how to handle citizens who joined IS and want to leave now that the extremist group "caliphate" has almost collapsed in Syria.

Begum's case points up a dilemma facing many European countries, divided over whether to bar jihadists from returning home over security concerns, or allowing them to return to face prosecution.

Begum had previously given birth to two other children, but both died during her time in Syria, she told The Times earlier this week.

"I was hoping that maybe for the sake of me and my child they let me come back".

Begum told The Times about seeing "beheaded heads" in bins but said that it "did not faze her".

Talking generally about the number of returnees from Syria, she said that some who can not be prosecuted may "still require a considerable amount of monitoring".

Richard Barrett described Shamima as a "teenager who went badly off the rails", and said the British society should be strong enough to reabsorb her; despite Shamima's apparent lack of remorse.

Renu, the eldest sister of Shamima Begum, holds her sister's photo at New Scotland Yard in London on February 22, 2015.

Mr Javid said those who left the United Kingdom to join IS were "full of hate for our country", while security minister Ben Wallace warned that runaways who now want to come back must realise that "actions have consequences".

"I think a lot of people should have sympathy toward me for everything I've been through", she said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Now in a Syrian refugee camp of 39,000 people in al-Hawl, Begum told The Times she had no regrets about traveling to Syria but told the paper that "the caliphate is over".

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.

The family lawyer later said Miss Begum had given birth to a son.

Meanwhile, US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault on the last pocket of the Islamic State group's territory on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border.

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