An east London schoolgirl who left Britain to marry an Islamic State fighter is now closely pregnant and says she desires to return dwelling.
Shamima Begum advised The Instances: “I am not the identical foolish little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Inexperienced 4 years in the past.”
“The caliphate is over,” she added.
As the fear group nears defeat in Syria and Iraq, Sky Information takes a take a look at what has occurred to among the different jihadi brides who fled their households to affix IS within the Center East.
BETHNAL GREEN GIRLS
Shamima Begum is considered one of three British schoolgirls who left their houses in east London and travelled to Syria in February 2015.
The 19-year-old stated one of many trio, Kadiza Sultana, married an American IS fighter and was killed after her home in Raqqa was bombed.
She is believed to have died in a Russian airstrike on the then IS-stronghold in Could 2016, however that has by no means been confirmed.
Shamima Begum stated: “Her home was bombed. Underground, there was secret stuff happening and a spy had discovered that one thing was happening and different individuals acquired killed as properly.
“At first I used to be in denial. I assumed if we died we would die collectively.”
The destiny of the third schoolgirl Amira Abase, who Shamima Begum stated married an Australian IS militant, is unknown.
The trio had adopted one other good friend from their faculty, Sharmeena Begum, who fled to Syria in 2014 and married a Bosnian IS fighter.
Shamima Begum stated she final noticed Amira Abase and Sharmeena Begum in June, however had heard from different IS brides solely two weeks in the past, that the pair had been “nonetheless alive in Baghuz”, the fear group’s last-remaining enclave in Syria.
The Bethnal Inexperienced pupils had been reported to have been indoctrinated by the al-Khansaa Brigade, an all-female IS non secular unit which enforces Sharia legislation, through which Glaswegian Aqsa Mahmood was believed to be a outstanding determine.
The suspected IS recruiter joined the militants in Syria on the age of 19 – two years earlier than the east London trio – in November 2013.
She travelled by means of Turkey to Aleppo, and has additionally reportedly inspired terrorist acts through Twitter underneath the identify Umm Layth.
In the summertime of 2017, Aqsa Mahmood was reportedly considered one of 150 suspected jihadists and criminals stripped of their British citizenship and banned from returning to the UK by the federal government.
“White Widow” Sally Jones – the previous punk rocker who turned the main feminine IS recruitment officer – is believed to be alive and combating for the militant group, in keeping with studies.
She went to Syria in 2013 together with her husband Junaid Hussain and was beforehand thought to have been killed in a US drone strike alongside together with her 12-year-old son in October 2017, whereas reportedly making an attempt to go away Raqqa.
Nevertheless, there have since been claims Jones survived and remains to be residing within the militants’ last-remaining strongholds.
Jones makes use of her Twitter account to recruit girls to IS, share photos of herself with weapons, and has supplied sensible recommendation on journey to Syria
In an unique report in 2015, Sky Information revealed Jones and her husband used on-line messaging providers to induce British would-be recruits to hold out “lone wolf” assaults within the UK.
In a single dialog with an undercover journalist, Jones detailed the supplies wanted to make a bomb and stated she might assist assemble a tool remotely.
Her husband was killed in a US drone strike in August 2017.
Following the demise of Hussain, Jones was reportedly positioned accountable for the feminine wing of the Anwar al-Awlaki batallion – an IS international fighter unit fashioned with the aim of planning and executing assaults within the West.
One teenager who’s reportedly serving a six-year jail sentence for becoming a member of IS is 18-year-old German, Linda Wenzel.
She joined the jihadists when she was 15, having been lured to Raqqa by a Chechen IS fighter who she went on to wed.
Wenzel was 16 when she was captured by Iraqi forces in Mosul in 2017 and was apparently discovered underneath rubble within the war-torn Iraqi metropolis.
She travelled to Turkey in July 2016 with the intention of reaching Iraq or Syria earlier than safety providers misplaced monitor of her.
Wenzel was described as an IS sniper hiding with 30 girls, some carrying suicide vests, when she was discovered.
She was reportedly captured with a gun in her hand subsequent to her husband, who was then killed by Iraqi forces.
Her trial happened behind closed doorways, as a consequence of her age, within the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Wenzel escaped the demise penalty however was jailed for 5 years for becoming a member of IS and an additional 12 months for getting into Iraq illegally, German media reported final February.