Shamima Begum’s family has written to the Home Secretary demanding that she be allowed back into the UK, while accusing British authorities of failing to protect the Muslim teen from being radicalized by the Islamic State while she was still in London.
Liverpool Echo Father of ISIS bride Shamima Begum slams UK for letting her flee to Syria with no passport Ahmed Ali called for an investigation into bungling immigration officers who did not stop his daughter leaving the country.
Ms Begum, then aged 15, left the family home in Golders Green, east London, in 2015 to travel to ISIS territory in Syria, where she married 23-year-old Dutch convert Yago Riedijk.
The teenager fled at a time when the terror group’s online recruitment programme was luring many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate – which is now on the verge of annihilation under attacks from Kurdish, Russian, Syrian and American forces.
She was recently found by a Times journalist, Anthony Lloyd, at a refugee camp in Syria and described her wish to come home with her new baby.But her TV interviews triggered criticism in the UK and her family has expressed its shock at her apparent lack of repentance.