"I'll do anything": Pregnant ISIS bride wants to return to UK from Syria

"I'll do anything": Pregnant ISIS bride wants to return to UK from Syria
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A pregnant British Islamic State (IS) bride who moved to Syria to join the group now really wants to return to England and reckons the caliphate doesn't "deserve victory".

In 2015 at the age of 15, Shamima Begum left the United Kingdom for Syria with two friends, desiring a life with the terrorist group.

While she doesn't regret the decision, she has told The Times she wants to go home to give birth to her child and that "the caliphate is over".

"They're just getting smaller and smaller and there's so much oppression and corruption going on that I don't really think they deserve victory," she said.

She fled from an IS base two weeks ago, fearing for the safety of her unborn child.

"In the end, I just could not endure anymore," she told the Times. "I just couldn't take it. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain."

The decision also seems to be prompted by her two other children dying in infancy from malnutrition and illness.

Ms Begum's husband is an IS fighter, but weeks ago he surrendered to Syrian fighters allied to the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces - and she hasn't seen him since.

Her migration to Syria received intense media interest in 2015, and Ms Begum recognises she will be in the spotlight if she does return to the UK.

"But I just want to come home to have my child. I'll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child," she said.

The UK Home Office restricts citizens wishing to travel from ISIS territory into the state. Security Minister Ben Wallace wouldn't comment on the details of Ms Begum's case, but said that anyone travelling to the UK from IS territory would be scrutinised.

It is believed about 900 people have travelled to Syria or Iraq from the UK to join groups like IS.


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