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And these people get airtime, enormous platforms to spew their genocidal poison. But not my colleagues, nor I.

Jihadi bride Shamima Begum says Manchester Arena bombing was ‘fair retaliation’ for military strikes in Syria as she reveals she has named her son Jerah ‘after Islamic warlord who massacred infidels’

  • In a new interview today, British ISIS bride says terror attacks are ‘retaliation’
  • Tasnime Akunjee represents the 19-year-old’s family but has never spoken to her
  • He told Good Morning Britain she is ‘traumatised’ like a First World War soldier
  • Host Richard Madeley hit back saying his veteran grandfather didn’t act as she is
    Shamima, formerly of east London, gave birth to boy in Syria on Saturday
  • She has called the child Jerah, said to be in honour of a 7th century warlord

By Lara Keay and Richard Spillett for MailOnline, 18 February 2019

Jihadi bride Shamima Begum shrugged off the murders of British terror victims today as she claimed they were ‘retaliation’ for the war being fought against ISIS.

Begum ran away to marry an ISIS fighter four years ago – but now wants to return to the UK after the terror group’s so-called ‘caliphate’ crumbled into dust.

Confronted over the ISIS-inspired attacks which have killed scores in the UK in a new interview today, the 19-year-old stuttered: ‘I was shocked but… I just couldn’t… I didn’t know about the kids actually but.. I don’t know.’

When again challenged to apologise by the BBC’s Quentin Somerville, she equated the Manchester Arena suicide bombing and other atrocities in Britain with the war being fought between the Assad regime and ISIS militants.

She replied: ‘I do feel that is wrong that innocent people did get killed. It’s one thing to kill a soldier, it’s fine, it’s self-defence.

‘But to kill people like women and children just like the women and children in Baghuz who are being killed right now unjustly by the bombings – it’s a two-way thing really because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now.

‘It’s kind of retaliation. Their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought, okay, that is a fair justification.’

It emerged today that Begum has called her son Jerah, in what historians have interpreted as a reference to Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a 7th century Islamic warlord.

Shamima Begum today said terror attacks in Britain were retaliation for the war against ISIS
Begum has named her son Jerah, in what historians say is homage to an Islamic warlord

Begum has named her son Jerah, in what historians say is homage to an Islamic warlord


The jihadi bride was today asked what she thought of terror attacks inspired by ISIS. She said that, while it was wrong women and children were killed, it was ‘retaliation’ for the deaths in ISIS-held territory. Pictured: A victim of the Manchester Arena attack

The campaign by Begum’s family to have her returned to Britain sparked fresh controversy today when the lawyer representing them, Tasnime Akunjee, compared the radicalised youngster to a ‘traumatised’ First World War soldier in a TV interview.

When Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley insisted she doesn’t look very traumatised, Mr Akunjee replied: ‘You might have said the same thing about a First World War soldier in the middle of shell-shock… they are both [in] warzones.’

Madeley branded the lawyer’s comments ‘foolish’, saying his war veteran grandfather found it very difficult to talk about what he went through.

It came after Mr Akunjee claimed Nazi war criminals were given a fairer hearing than Begum, and blamed her local council, the police and even her school for letting her go to Syria in the first place.

Sara Khan, the UK’s Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, today branded Begum a ‘remorseless supporter of Daesh [ISIS]’.

Ms Khan said more needs to be done to stop the spread of extremist material online.

She told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘It’s important to understand when she travelled … she was aware of Daesh beheadings and executions … was becoming more religiously inclined. There are questions about how a young girl was exposed to extremist ideology.’

Begum is from a British-Bangladeshi family who live in a four-story block of flats in east London. Nobody answered the door at their flat this morning.

Shamima Begum appeared on Sky News yesterday pleading for sympathy

Begum is like a shell-shocked First World War soldier, Mr Akunjee claimed

Shamima Begum’s family lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee (right), appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today as the family steps up its campaign to have her returned to the UK
ISIS bride ‘names newborn son after Islamic warlord’

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has named her child after an Islamic warlord, historians have claimed.

Her chosen name for her son, Jerah, is thought to be in honour of Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, who commanded a section of the Rashidun Army in the 7th century.

Historian Tom Holland tweeted: ‘If she’d wanted to signal that she was returning to Britain in peace, she might have considered naming her baby after someone other than Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a general from the early days of the Arab conquests chiefly famed for beating the c**p out of infidels.

‘I guess, in a sense, she stands in the long tradition of British youth, flicking a V at the establishment. But punks were never complicit in genocide.’

Jerah was also the name of Begum’s first son, who died when she was living under ISIS.

Mr Akunjee’s appearance on TV is part of a campaign by Begum’s family to have her returned to the UK.

He told the programme: ‘The family are aware of how people feel. But it’s their daughter and their grandson, who came into existence yesterday.

‘I think any parent would think the same thing. They want them home. It wouldn’t matter if the whole planet were against her.

‘She’s a British citizen at the end of the day. There’s an innocent child here, the baby. Bringing that child back into safety is a moral duty any state would have.’

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick also appeared on the show this morning and spoke of the Begum case.

She said that if someone has been linked to a terrorist organisation abroad and they arrive at the British border ‘they will be questioned, investigated and possibly prosecuted.’

Questioned about the Begum and her friend’s flight to Syria in the first place, Ms Dick replied: ‘The truth of the matter is it’s incredibly hard to know what somebody’s intending.

‘We try to stop people from travelling when we knew they were travelling with ill-intent.’

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