Shamima Begum: Home Secretary Sajid Javid revokes Isis bride’s British citizenship

Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum fears her baby will be taken away from her

A teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria but now wants to return to Britain on Sunday gave birth in a refugee camp, as European governments grapple with what to do with returning jihadists ahead of a USA troop pullout.

The teenager, from Bethnal Green in East London, travelled to Syria to join with the self-styled Islamic State in 2015 and was discovered by a newspaper journalist in a refugee camp past year.

Legal experts, however, have said as a British citizen, no one can stop Shamima from coming back to her home country.

"I know what everyone at home thinks of me as I have read all that was written about me online", she said.

The family's lawyer Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee has told the BBC that the baby was "no threat" and that legally Ms Begum was allowed to return as a British citizen. "It took me a long time to learn but it was liberating and enlightening and I want her to learn that for her and her child", she added.

Writing in the newspaper on Tuesday, he said: "As a Christian, I can not help reflecting that if Jesus had thought like that he would never have told the parable of the Prodigal Son, which neatly marks out his teaching both from Islam and from the cold logic of secularism".

"This is the hardest of news to bear".

Now aged 19, she has told reporters she wants to return to Britain.

The demand came as he prepared to declare the end of the group's so-called "caliphate", with US-led Arab and Kurdish forces close to capturing its last territorial holdout in Syria, ahead of a pull-out of American troops, AFP reported.

She gave birth to a boy over the weekend, having already lost two children, and used an interview with the newspaper to issue pleas for forgiveness, but her case has deeply divided opinion.

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Javid said he will immediately block Isis members' attempts to return to the UK.

Sajid Javid stands accused of "playing politics" after IS teen Shamima Begum was stripped of her British citizenship.

Security chiefs in London can also control Shamima's possible return through a Temporary Exclusion Order.

"But with all the bombing, I am not sure whether they have survived", she said.

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.

"The poster girl thing was not my choice", she added, of how she was used within the terrorist group as a tool for recruitment.

The British Home Office broke the news in a letter sent to the family of 19-year-old Shamima Begum and obtained by ITV News.

The Home Secretary's power to deprive someone of their British citizenship is covered by Section 40 British Nationality Act 1981. I wasn't hearing a good argument, nobody could understand what was going through my mind.

The British authorities estimate around 900 Britons travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the conflict, of whom around 300-400 have since returned - and 40 have been prosecuted.

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