British-born Jihadi bride Shamima Begum has been trying desperately to get the decision to withdraw her British citizenship overturned, and has made an offer to help prevent other UK teenagers from being groomed by ISIS recruiters.
But a friend claims that privately, Begum has said she won’t inform on other Brits she met while living in Syria.
In February 2019, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped Begum of her British citizenship, saying that she should never be allowed to return to this country.
“If you know what I knew,” he said, “you would have made exactly the same decision.”
Begum maintains that her only role within the hardline Islamic state was to “make babies”, but she was reportedly seen carrying an AK-47 and sewing suicide bombers into their explosive vests.
Javid’s successor in the job, Priti Patel, told The Sun: “Our job is to keep our country safe.
“We don’t need people who have done harm and left our country to be part of a death cult and to perpetuate that ideology.
Despite Begum’s pleas to be allowed to return, even if it meant jail time, Patel added: “We cannot have people who would do us harm allowed to enter our country – and that includes this woman.”
This week Begum, who bore three babies with a Dutch-born ISIS fighter while she was living in Syria, told Good Morning Britain: “No one can hate me more than I hate myself for what I've done and all I can say is I'm sorry and just give me a second chance.”
But according to the Sun on Sunday, a source close to Begum says that she still maintains some loyalty to her former comrades.
“She made out she’d help her country if she were given the chance," the anonymous friend said.
“All the talk was about helping de-radicalise kids and stop them from following in her footsteps.
“But she’s made it clear she won’t name any British IS fighters she met in Syria.
“Some have survived and the intelligence is so patchy that her evidence would be invaluable. But for her it’s a red line. It won’t help her chances.”
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Begum, now 22, was just 15 when she travelled with two other friends to join ISIS fighters in Syria.
Begum has offered to advise Boris Johnson how to defeat the terrorists, saying: “You are clearly struggling with extremism and terrorism in your country.
"I could very much help you with that because you clearly don't know what you're doing”.
She added that she wanted the British public to realise that her intimate knowledge of ISIS’s workings could be an asset in the fight against Islamic extremism.
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