British ISIS Shamima Begum To Have Citizenship Revoked

Shamima Begum, who fled the United Kingdom to join terror outfit ISIS or Islamic State, has delivered a baby in Syria, her family said on Sunday.

"It is not only hard to see Ms Begum and her baby as constituting a serious threat to national security, but it also seems a huge wasted opportunity", home affairs spokesman Ed Davey said.

Questions have been raised over whether Britain would be able to prevent Ms Begum's eventual return to the UK.

Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase, and Shamima Begum in photos issued by police. It's not really possible.

"I'm afraid he might even die in this camp", Begum said of her newborn.

The family said it is concerned about Begum's mental health and characterizes her as having been groomed by Islamic State fighters.

"I think it's a very risky decision, it does create this perception that there is a two-tier system and a system that's frankly racist", Maher told BBC's Newsnight.

"In a way yes, but I don't regret it because it's changed me as a person, it's made me stronger, tougher". I feel a lot of people should have sympathy for me, for everything I've been through.

"They are obviously very happy and joyous that Shamima has successfully given birth and that she's healthy", he said.

While she was aware of beheadings and executions being carried out by the extremists she said she was "okay with it", because she had heard "Islamically that is allowed".

Of those who went to fight, not all joined Islamic State, though most of those left in the region are thought to represent militant elements.

The letter said Begum could appeal the decision.

A combination of stills taken from CCTV on February 23, 2015, issued by the Metropolitan Police.

"I suspect that the result is going to be that she will stay where she is for maybe two years at least".

"But in the end she will have to answer for her actions".

A Home Office spokesman said: "In recent days the Home Secretary has clearly stated that his priority is the safety and security of Britain and the people who live here".

Noting it was "a matter of worldwide law and domestic law", he said: "It doesn't mean either that we can't seek to hold them to account for their behaviour thus far".

Shamima Begum, who travelled from her home in east London aged 15 is now in a refugee camp in Syria, where she gave birth to a boy this weekend.

Should Begum be allowed to return?

If it is the case Ms Begum is a dual national, she could have her British citizenship stripped.

Last year, two British men, accused of being members of an IS cell dubbed "The Beatles" were stripped of their citizenship after being captured in Syria.

"My message is clear: if you have supported terrorist organizations overseas I will not hesitate to prevent your return", he said.

However, he said the British government will be anxious about opening the floodgates.

Out a poll of 7,000 people, 99% said the ISIS bride should not be let back into the UK. "So I think what is the point of coming back if you enjoy it so much there?"

  • Leroy Wright