ISIS bride Shamima Begum ‘DEFENDS rape and murder of Yazidi sex slaves’

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Shamina has been pleading to return to the UK after fleeing to join ISIS along with two schoolmates as a 15-year-old in 2015. 

The 19-year-old, who gave birth last week, said she never wanted to be an “ISIS poster girl” and has begged for the UK for “forgiveness”. 

In an interview with the Times, her first since fleeing the so-called ISIS caliphate, she said she doesn’t regret joining ISIS but wants to return to protect her baby. 

Her wish to return home, and her comparisons between the Manchester Arena terror attack and bombing of ISIS territories, have provoked debate and anger in Britain. 

She said believed the Manchester atrocity in 2017 was “retaliation” for the deaths of women and children living in the caliphate.

Shamina Begum

BRING ME HOME: ISIS bride Shamina Begum is begging Britain for ‘forgiveness’ (Pic: BBC)

The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who interviewed Shamina in Syria, said she sought to defend the rape and murder of Yazidi women as well. 

He said during the interview, which took place at a refugee camp in Syria, Shamina “continued to espouse ISIS philosophy”.

“When I asked her about the enslavement, murder and rape of Yazidi women by IS, she said ‘Shia do the same in Iraq’,” Sommerville said.

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DISPLACED: Yazidi women and girls flee after ISIS attacks on their home town Sinjar (Pic: GETTY)

“She said ‘Shia do the same in Iraq’”

Quentin Sommerville

Thousands of Yazidi civilians were massacred by ISIS militants in what has been described a forced conversion campaign in northern Iraq from 2014. 

While the men were murdered, Yazidi women were kidnapped and forced into sexual enslavement by ISIS after the terror group overran the city of Sinjar. 

The United Nations said the mass killings of Yazidis, who ISIS “treated as a group to be eliminated from the face of the earth”, amounted to genocide. 

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RADICALISED: Shamima Begum was one of three schoolgirls who travelled to Syria in 2015 (Pic: PA)

Mother-of-three Shamima, who gave birth to her third child at the weekend, left east London with two friends in 2015 to join the terrorist group.

She was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages and partly by other propaganda films showing the “good life” ISIS could offer.

Since she has been there, her two older children have died.

The teenager insisted she did not ask to be the subject of international media attention.

Shamima Begum

COMPARABLE: Shamima Begum suggested the Manchester Arena attack was ‘justified’ (Pic: BBC)

She said: “I didn’t want to be on the news at first. I know a lot of people, after they saw that me and my friends came, it actually encouraged them.

“I did hear, yeah, a lot of people were encouraged to come after I left but I wasn’t the one that put myself on the news. We didn’t want to be on the news.”

UK authorities now face the difficult question of what to do if Shamima manages to return to Britain.

Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he anticipated she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the UK.

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