Ex-‘Daesh Propaganda Tool’ Copies Shamima Begun, Opts for Westernized Makeover to Plead Her Case

Shamima Begum, who fled the UK in her teens to marry a jihad soldier in 2015, recently abandoned her traditional Islamic garb at a Syrian internment camp while waiting for lawyers to challenge the decision to denaturalise her, feeding into the debate about whether claims of ‘transformation’ by women like her are more than a ‘sympathy ploy’.

A former Daesh* bride has seemingly followed in the footsteps of the notorious Shamima Begun and opted for a dramatic makeover at a Kurdish-run prison camp in Syria.

Begum ditched school at age 15 to travel to Syria through Turkey and join the Daesh* (ISIS) terrorist organisation in 2015.

She was found by journalists in a Syrian camp in February 2019 and has since shed her chador gown and black hijab for skinny jeans and a hoodie, and is pleading to be allowed to return to the UK.

​Emilie Konig, 36, who used to appear in Daesh propaganda videos, has said she is also ‘dressing … to get used to my returning’, as she hopes to convince people she is no longer radicalised.

Wearing a Westernised outfit consisting of a hooded sweatshirt, faux leather leggings, white hi-top trainers, sunglasses, and a shoulder bag, her head covered with a Yankees baseball cap and her hair in a plait, the woman claims she is ready to return to her children in her native France.

​Konig has been pictured in the new garb at the Kurdish-run al-Roj formal internally-displaced person (IDP) and refugee camp in Al-Hasakeh governorate, northeastern…

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