UK Faces ISIS Bride 'Invasion' As Influx Of Jihadi Wives Return to Britain
UK authorities are bracing themselves for terrorist wives with UK citizenship
UK authorities are bracing themselves for an influx of returning ISIS fighters’ wives and children following the fall of the terror group’s caliphate in Syria.
At least twelve women with UK citizenship have tuned up at refugee camps in northern Syria as ISIS continues to be driven out of its last area of territory.
The UK Home Office announced it had stripped Shamima Begum of her British citizenship after a public uproar following news she wanted to return to the UK.
Begum, who admitted she had no regret joining ISIS, said the British public should sympathize with her.
But the head of British intelligence MI6 said the UK could not stop ISIS fighters returning to Britain even though they are 'potentially very dangerous.'
Secret Intelligence Service chief Alex Younger said that returning ISIS militants had obtained 'skills and connections' which make them a massive threat to the country.
According to the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville said, " this whole issue of what to do with these [ISIS] women and other supporters aren’t going to go away.”
“We know that in the last week alone, 12 British women have arrived at displacement camps here in northern Syria. So for the British Government, this headache of what to do doesn’t end with Shamima Begum,” the Middle East correspondent commented.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to block Begum's return to the UK will not necessarily hold, according to legal experts.
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Experts added the ISIS bride could use her newborn son to circumvent the move and regain residence rights in the UK.
They also add that the Syria-born baby, whose Islamist fighter father carried a Dutch passport, “is British so maintains his nationality.”
The teenager “could by default get back her nationality or get a limited leave to remain – to be able to live with her child in the UK”, Salam told Mirror Online.
“The child cannot possibly live without his mother, it’s not in his best interest for the child to be in the UK without the mother.”
The revocation of Begum’s British nationality has been further complicated by Bangladesh, her ancestral homeland, refusing to take the jihadi bride in.
Under international law, the UK can only cancel a subject’s citizenship if they have another one to fall back on.
Mr. Younger did not comment on the details of Begum's case but warned that returning fighters were an 'extremely complex and difficult problem,' according to a report from the Evening Standard.
'Public safety is the first thing that we will consider,' he said at the Munich Security Conference.
'It follows from that that anyone who has put themselves in this situation can expect to be questioned and investigated and potentially prosecuted if they return to our jurisdiction.'
'We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous.