UK appeal hearing to rule on ‘IS bride’

A woman who lost her British citizenship after enlisting in the Syrian branch of the Islamic State will have her case reviewed on Monday, according to her attorneys, who claim that she was a “victim of trafficking.”

One of the many hundreds of Europeans whose fate following the fall of the so-called Islamic State caliphate in 2019 has proven to be a difficult one for nations is Shamima Begum.

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Begum, who was 15 at the time, traveled to Syria with two of her schoolmates in 2015, when she married an IS member and gave birth to three children, none of whom survived.

She was later “discovered” by British journalists in a Syrian camp in February 2019 when significantly pregnant, and in her initial interviews, she seemed to show no regret.

She was declared an “IS bride” and had her British citizenship revoked by the UK, leaving her stranded and stateless in the Roj camp in Syria, which is run by Kurds.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) heard her case on Monday in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling from the previous year denying her entry to the UK to pursue her citizenship case against the Home Office.

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