The debates over how the UK should treat so-called “cubs of the caliphate” and their mothers, who fled to Syria to marry Daesh* fighters but want to return back to Europe as the jihadists were curbed, has flared up over the case of one of such women – Londoner Shamima Begum who had her citizenship revoked.
Two more Daesh* wives from the UK, sisters Reema (30) and Zara (28) Iqbal have had their passports revoked since marrying jihadists linked to murdering western hostages, The Sunday Times reports, citing legal sources. According to the outlet the young women are in separate camps Syria, where they fled after Daesh* were curbed and squeezed from the occupied territories.
The Iqbals, whose parents are reportedly originally from Pakistan, left London for Syria in 2013 after they married suspected jihadists, who were linked the murder of western hostages, who were butchered on camera. The women have five boys, aged not older than 8, between them. The younger sister gave birth to two children in Syria, where she travelled already heavily pregnant with her second boy, while her older sister gave birth to children both in the UK and Syria.
As the BBC reports, the Home Office refused to comment on individual cases, adding that decisions to strip citizenships were “evidence-based and not taken lightly”.
The news comes hot on the heels of the latest development in the case of 19-year-old Shamima…