Shamima Begum: 'I didn't want to be IS poster girl'

Shamima Begum, who yesterday gave birth to a son and begged to return to the United Kingdom, was one of a group of schoolgirls from Bethnal Green who went to Syria to marry IS fighters in 2015.

In an interview with the BBC, Shamima Begum, now 19, said the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 were akin to the "women and children" being bombed in IS territory in Baghuz. It's a two-way thing really.

It came just moments after Maajid delivered a critical monologue on Britain's need to take responsibility of people who become radicalised at home.

Ms Begum also begged for forgiveness and to be allowed back into the UK.

"Our policy in this regard would be to repatriate them - and that's what we call on all countries to do who have [ISIS] fighters in Syria", Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters when asked about Muthana, although he declined to weigh in on her case specifically.

Last night, Manchester bombing survivor Robby Potter, 49, who was blasted through the heart with shrapnel while with his family, said: "How can she even be considered to be allowed back when she has just stated it was fair justification?"

"Like, their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought "OK, that is a fair justification".

In a handwritten letter released by Shibly, Muthana wrote that she made "a big mistake" by rejecting her family and friends in the United States to join the Islamic State.

She claimed the schoolgirls - Sharmeena Begum and the unnamed passenger - were on separate flights.

Now, the 19-year-old is living in a camp in northern Syria for those who have been displaced.

And Dyer, who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the BBC soap, said: 'I don't understand what's gone on there and now she wants to come back'.

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

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.

She was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages and partly by other propaganda films showing the "good life" ISIS could offer.

Both died fighting for ISIS, and she recently married a Syrian, The Guardian reveals.

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

United Kingdom authorities now face the hard question of what to do if Shamima manages to return to Britain.

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.

  • Jon Douglas