Islamic State member's baby dies in Syria; wanted to return to Britain

Islamic State member's baby dies in Syria; wanted to return to Britain

Javid had hinted that her baby could be treated differently, telling MPs previously: "Children should not suffer, so if a parent does lose their British citizenship it does not affect the rights of their child".

The husbands of the Iqbal sisters were reportedly killed in fighting. The 19-year-old had previously claimed she wanted to come back to the United Kingdom to raise her child, four years after she ran away to join up with the terrorist organisation.

It comes after the death in a Syrian camp of the baby son of Shamima Begum, who left London to join Islamic State and had her United Kingdom citizenship revoked.

Ms Begum, who fled London to join the terror group aged 15, had earlier begged to return to the United Kingdom with her boy, but Mr Javid revoked her passport amid fierce public debate.

The 19-year-old had controversially said she wanted to return to the United Kingdom after feeling to Syria at the age of 15.

The Muslim leader made the comments ahead of a speech at the International Peace Symposium at Baitul Futuh Mosque, London, one of Europe's biggest mosques.

Ms Begum, 19, gave birth in a refugee camp in the middle of February, having already lost two children.

"It's a two-way thing, really", she told the BBC, adding that the suicide bomber that killed 22 civilians at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a "kind of retaliation" for bombardments of ISIS-held enclaves, adding, "So I thought, ok, that is a fair justification". However, Britain stripped of her citizenship, making it impossible for her to return.

Ms Abbott called the baby's death a "stain on the conscience of this Government".


Home Secretary Sajid Javid has faced criticism for his handling of the similar case of Ms Begum.

Mr Phillip Lee, a former justice minister and member of Mrs May's party, said he had been deeply concerned by the decision.

Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald accused Mr Javid of "moral cowardice" and said his move risked creating a "more risky world where stateless individuals roam with no allegiance and the death of unprotected innocents, in this case a vulnerable British baby".

"No dignified self-governing state should abandon responsibility for its own citizens in this way, trying to dump them on to poorer countries with failed security arrangements", he told The Observer.

The suggestion comes three days after Ms Begum's newborn baby Jarrah - a British citizen - died in a camp in Syria. A tragedy that might have been avoided.

Begum said she never wanted to be an IS "poster girl" and only wished to raise her baby in the United Kingdom quietly.

"We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp".

Begum told them she wanted to return home to save her baby, saying that her two older children had died, apparently from illness and malnutrition.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has consistently advised against travel in Syria since April 2011", said the spokesperson, according to the Independent.

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