Woman Who Joined ISIS Now Says She Wants to Go Home

Shamima Begum the British woman who joined Isil as a teenager and now wishes to return home
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The 41-year-old actor added: "I don't understand what's going on there".

The fate of foreigners who joined Islamic State has become an increasingly urgent issue as US -backed fighters prepare to capture the militant group's last stronghold in eastern Syria.

I believe any attempt at helping Begum has to meet her part-way: she has expressed a wish to come home and face the consequences, and this will involve some commitment on her part.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be "spoken to" if she comes back to Britain.

She was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages and partly by other propaganda films showing the "good life" IS could offer. Her first two children died of unknown illnesses in the war-torn country.

"I feel she needs a chance, maybe to explain what was going on and maybe we can understand a bit more how they got to her and how she thought it was the right move".

Dick said she could face prosecution if evidence suggests she is guilty of criminality.

The compassionate course to take would be to let Begum return home, and accept that an eye for an eye turns the whole world blind and that the public can still be protected if she is dealt with in the UK.

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But a different fan sounded a note of caution, remarking: "I think this is such a worrying topic to address on Instagram".

Now, she is living in the tent-city that is al-Hol - also known as al-Hawl - a refugee camp in northern Syria some 200 miles away from ISIS's "last front" near the village of Baghouz by the Iraqi border.

"My message to both these brides, and any others like them, is this: You made your ISIS husband beds, now you can rot in hell in them".

"But to kill people like women and children just like the women and children in Baghuz who are being killed right now unjustly by the bombings - it's a two-way thing really because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now". I know a lot of people, after they saw that me and my friends came, it actually encouraged them. Among the general public too there has been a chorus of calls for the lack of mercy shown to Isis victims to be extended to Begum and her newborn son.

Now key questions remain - will she be allowed to return and can she readjust?

The CCTV images of the three teenage girls Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase passing through Gatwick airport four years ago en route to join the Islamic State "caliphate" were shocking for much of the British public.

Lawyer Tasnime Akunjee told the Evening Standard he had "no idea" why she would make the remarks.

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