Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Shamima Begum: Syrian forces deny reports IS bride's baby has died

Shamima Begum: Syrian forces deny reports IS bride's baby has died

The Isil bride said in February she was attracted to Isil by videos that she had seen online, which she said showed "how they'll take care of you".

The baby son of Shamima Begum, a teenager who fled the United Kingdom to join Islamic State in Syria, may have died, according to her family's lawyer.

Shamima's lawyer Mohammed Akunjee said: "We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begum's son has died. He was a British citizen".

But Mustafa Bali, who runs the Syrian Democratic Forces' press operation, tweeted: "Leaks said that ISIS bride Shamima's son died are fake".

Ms Begum was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls went to join the terror group in February 2015.

Ms Begum is now believed to be in a refugee camp closer to the Iraqi border after being removed from the Al-Hol camp in the north of Syria due to alleged threats.

She told reporters at the time that she had already lost two babies - one to malnutrition and another to ill-health - during her time with ISIS and pleaded with the United Kingdom government to allow her and her new-born baby to return to the Britain.

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Asked whether there was any plan for Begum's son, Javid told the Commons Home Affairs Committee it would be "incredibly difficult" for the government to facilitate the return of a child from Syria.

She said the baby was "the one true innocent and should not lose privilege of being raised in the safety of this country".

However, the Home Secretary has revoked her citizenship, setting up a potential legal challenge by her family.

Earlier this week, her father Ahmed Ali, who now lives in Bangladesh, blamed the United Kingdom authorities for failing to prevent Ms Begum fleeing the country on her sister's passport. Officials in Dhaka have said they will not let her become a Bangladeshi national. In an interview with The Times, she said: "After my two kids died I just, now I'm really overprotective of this baby".

The Foreign Office has been contacted for confirmation of the baby's reported death. She married an IS fighter, a Dutch man called Yago Riedijk.

If the reports are confirmed, then it would mean that Miss Begum has lost all three of her children that she has given birth to since arriving in Syria in 2015.

She also begged British politicians for mercy after hearing the news her British citizenship had been revoked.

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