UK strips 2 more IS brides' citizenship

UK strips 2 more IS brides' citizenship

UK strips 2 more IS brides' citizenship

Mr Javid had confirmed Jarrah was a British citizen and said at the time that he had considered the child's interest when deciding to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship.

On Friday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid faced fierce criticism for stripping Ms Begum of her British citizenship.

Blaming Javid for the baby's death, British journalist Ash Sarkar tweeted: "Whatever Shamima Begum may have done, her child was innocent and a British citizen". For the Home Secretary it poses hard questions.

Begum's wish to return home was met with major controversy in Britain.

Two senior members of the government said on Saturday that the death was a tragedy but that the home secretary took the decision on grounds of national security.

The British interior ministry said it does not comment on individual cases. "That's why I really want to get back to Britain, because I know it will be taken care of, like, health-wise, at least".

Days later, she had her baby and, in the weeks since, has been fighting United Kingdom government plans to revoke her citizenship to prevent her from returning home.

The challenge faces other European countries as the final IS stronghold in Syria is on the brink of falling, giving its fighters and their often youthful spouses no place left to hide.

CCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport in 2015
Camera IconCCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport

Her situation has raised hard ethical and legal questions about foreigners who join terrorist organizations overseas.

Labour's Dianne Abbott blasted Mr Javid's decision to revoke Shamima's passport and called the death of her child a "stain on the conscience of this Government".

An Alabama woman is facing a similar predicament.

Begum was discovered last month in a refugee camp in Syria by a reporter with the UK-based newspaper, The Times, four years after she was last seen, aged 15, fleeing from her East London home. She claimed she was "brainwashed" by the group and wants to return home. But the government made no effort to extract the boy from Syria and deliver him to Begum's family in London.

Begum had previously given birth to two other children who are said to have died, apparently from illness and malnutrition. She married Yago Riedijk, a Dutch IS fighter who is being held in a Kurdish detention center in northeastern Syria.

Begum's sister, Renu, wrote to Javid last month asking that for his help in bringing Shamima's newborn son to the UK. She sparked online controversy after giving interviews and seeming to endorse terror attacks on British soil and expressing no remorse for joining the murderous ISIS terrorists.

"We have to think about the safety of the British officials that I would send into that war zone", Mr Hunt told the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. I have nothing but sympathy for the children that have been dragged into this.

"The Government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones".

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