Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

Shamima Begum the British woman who joined Isil as a teenager and now wishes to return home
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Shamima Begum the British woman who joined Isil as a teenager and now wishes to return home Credit POOL REUTERS

Begum herself has said she is happy to face prison, and while she does not yet express any open regret for her actions, she appears aware that she must face consequences.

Shaun insisted that the pregnant 19-year-old should have to find somewhere else to live as she flees from Isis in Syria, and told Maajid Nawaz that British people shouldn't have to cover the cost of keeping her safe.

"Because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now and it's kind of retaliation".

While it is unclear whether Begum committed any crimes and her legal status is uncertain, it's possible Begum could face charges for supporting IS if she returns to Britain.

The EastEnders star said the runaway schoolgirl must have been "lost within her soul" to go to Syria.

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

The mother-of-three, who gave birth to her third child at the weekend, left east London with two friends in 2015 to join the terrorist group.

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

However, Denise argued: "I do believe the baby should be taken from her and I believe the baby should be placed with a family that has nothing to do with that family".

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Muthana, who dodged sniper fire and roadside bombs to escape, is ready to pay the penalty for her actions but wants freedom and safety for the 18-month-old son she had with one of two IS fighters she Wednesday, he said. "Their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought, okay, that is a fair justification".

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

"During my years in Syria I would see and experience a way of life and the awful effects of war which changed me", she wrote.

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

"I just was hoping that maybe for me, for the sake of me and my child, they let me come back", the young woman said.

A caller told Maajid Nawaz that Shamima Begum should not be allowed back to Britain, before suggesting she should go to a different country because of the European Union.

Now Muthana is not allowed to leave the camp she is being held at and has to be escorted around by Kurdish fighters, more than 6,500 miles away from the Alabama city she once called home. Since she has been there, her two older children have died.

Ms Begum's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said the Government had a "moral duty" to bring Ms Begum back to the UK.

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