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Runaway teen Shamima Begum gives birth to boy in Syrian refugee camp

A BRITISH teenager who ran away from home to join Isis in Syria has now given birth to a baby boy in a refugee camp.

Shamima Begum disappeared four years ago aged 15 with two school friends from east London.

She surfaced last week after leaving the final Isis stronghold in Syria.

Her case has caused international controversy about whether Britons who joined the terrorist group should be repatriated.

The debate over her future was reignited today when she was hastily interviewed by Sky News just hours after giving birth.

Appearing faint and drowsy, Ms Begum said she was “just a housewife” while living in Isis-controlled areas and asked the public to “have sympathy” for her.

The Metropolitan Police originally regarded her as a victim of grooming by the notorious terror group.

She was married to an Isis fighter within days of arriving in Syria and gave birth to two children who have since died in the conflict.

Ms Begum now wants to return to Britain with her newborn baby, where she would almost certainly be charged under counter-terror laws with membership of a proscribed organisation.

Support for her return to Britain has come from unlikely quarters, including the former head of the British army Lord Dannatt.

He sided with US President Donald Trump, who called on “Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 Isis fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial.”

With US-backed Kurdish forces closing in on Isis, he said: “The caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.

“We do so much, and spend so much. Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing.”

PM Theresa May’s cabinet appears split on Ms Begum’s future. Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Security Minister Ben Wallace initially came out against her return.

But Justice Minister David Gauke has said: “We can’t make people stateless” — suggesting the law would let Ms Begum come home.

Many people have highlighted the apparent lack of remorse Ms Begum has shown in interviews with journalists this week.

But her family’s solicitor has pointed out that she remains in a refugee camp with many Isis sympathisers — making it difficult for her to fully condemn the terror group.


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