Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US
Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US
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20 February, 2019

She said it was "fair justification" as a retaliation for those being killed in the Islamic State.

That Isis was radicalising people online was no surprise, but the fact these three girls were as young as 15 and from the same academy school in Bethnal Green, east London, cast the risks of radicalisation closer to home.

A State Department spokesman on Tuesday outlined the government's position on American ISIS members who've been captured in Syria - saying they should be brought back to the U.S. and prosecuted.

He told BBC Breakfast: "The family have gone out of their way from day one to try to get her away from the IS narrative and the context which she finds herself in".

Speaking to Britain's Sky News from Syria, where she has been living in a refugee camp, Begum said she didn't know what she was getting into when she left and wants to bring her baby back to Britain with her.

She was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages and partly by other propaganda films showing the "good life" IS could offer. Her two older children have died.

"I feel she needs a chance, maybe to explain what was going on and maybe we can understand a bit more how they got to her and how she thought it was the right move. So they'd only have proof I didn't anything that is risky", she said.

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"I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the United Kingdom and settle back again and rehabilitate", she told the BBC on Monday. It's one thing to kill a soldier that is firing at you, it's self-defence, but to kill people like women and children, just like the women and children in Baghuz (Syria) that are being killed right now unjustly by the bombings. "Their [Isis's] justification [for Manchester] was that it was retaliation, so I thought, 'OK, that is a fair justification'".

The Loose Women panelist waged in on the debate when she suggested the "safest" option would be for the 19-year-old's baby to be removed and given to another family. "It's made me stronger, tougher, you know".

Danny said he thinks she should be allowed to return to the UK.

"He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in Isis, that's it".

"Actually jumping on a plane at 15 to go to Syria".

Now key questions remain - will she be allowed to return and can she readjust? Among the general public too there has been a chorus of calls for the lack of mercy shown to Isis victims to be extended to Begum and her newborn son.

Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, 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.


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