Former Shadow Home Secretary and former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said Britain risks becoming a “shameful anomaly” if it doesn’t repatriate its nationals.
The Sunday Times, citing government correspondence, has reported that the United Kingdom is preparing to send British women who joined the Daesh* terrorist group and their kids back to the country. Ministers have even purportedly admitted that the government’s stance on the issue has evolved over time.
Aid organisations estimate that at least 30 British women and 60 children born to British mothers are now living in a camp for Daesh relatives in Syria. The Times cited two government source who reportedly said that Prime Minister Johnson had ordered the government to repatriate some of the children. Another Whitehall source cited by the newspaper supposedly said that each child would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Times claims the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence oppose these plans, with the Home Office concerned that it would have to put Daesh brides under surveillance if they accompany their children.
Among the women who could be repatriated is Tooba Gondal, a 25-year-old Londoner, who is accused of being a Daesh recruiter and propagandist. The Times says the government is allegedly seeking information about her children who were born to different fathers. One of them was a Daesh suicide bomber. Gondal herself wrote a letter to the…