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shamima begum: IS trafficked Shamima Begum to Syria in 2015 for exploitation, her lawyers tell UK co

In Shamima Begum’s UK citizenship case, her lawyers told the judges that Shamima Begum may have been a victim of child trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Shamima Begum’s story

Shamima Begum’s lawyer made a new appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) hearing, saying she was lured to Syria as a child.

She was a GCSE student and left in 2015 with two other friends. After being taken to Syria, she married an IS fighter and gave birth to three children. all of whom died shortly after birth.

She was later found in a Syrian camp in 2019. But Sajid Javid, the home secretary, revoked her British citizenship and restricted her from returning to the UK.

Samantha Knights, representing Shamima Begum, argued that one hasty decision gave Shamima a lifetime exile from her hometown. She told the court that the Home Office revoked Shamima’s citizenship without any prior investigation or considering that Shamima, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, may have been a victim of child trafficking.

Shamima Begum’s lawyers argue that there is strong evidence supporting the claim that she was transported to Syria. While James Eadie, the government representative, said Shamima was aligned with IS, Eadie added that Shamima showed no remorse or regret about joining IS.

Seeking global recognition, Taliban talks about ISIS-K

Desperate for recognition

The Taliban have said that not recognizing the new government in Afghanistan is benefiting Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K). However, the outfit dismissed concerns that the terrorist group was a threat to Afghanistan.

The trail of violence

This development comes after ISIS-K claimed responsibility for Friday’s Shia mosque explosion in Kandahar in which 47 people were killed and 70 others suffered injuries. The attack follows several other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan, including last week’s attack against the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz.

A thinly veiled cry for help

While talking to Anadolu Agency, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the official recognition of his government and international aid held great importance to the recovery of the country’s economy. The Taliban minister also said the freezing of Afghan foreign reserves by the US violated international law and human rights, Ariana News reported. “The real question is, why was this money blocked? What did the citizens of Afghanistan do?” he asked.

The enemy within

After Friday’s blast, the Taliban had vowed to deploy more forces to protect Shi’ite mosques. Abdul Ghafar Muhammadi, the commander of police in Kandahar province has said that his forces will be working alongside the local volunteers to ensure the security of the mosques.

Ominous threat

Meanwhile, ISIS in a statement, said that Shi’ite Muslims are perilous and they will be targeted by them everywhere. Al-Naba, the group’s weekly has published the warning, saying that the Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and centres. The statement has especially threatened Shia Muslims living in Afghanistan. From Baghdad to Khorasan, Shi’ite Muslims will be targeted everywhere, ISIS said.

The UK’s immigration minister stated that the home secretary works in the best interests of the country and has the authority to revoke people’s passports.


  1. How did Shamima begin to join IS? According to various accounts, Shamima Begum was groomed online and taken to Syria by a Canadian spy.

  2. How old is Shamima Begum? Shamima Begum is currently 23 years old. When she was 15, she left the UK to join the Islamic State (IS).

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