UK mother gets six years for joining IS group in Syria

Agence France-Presse . London
Tareena Shakil

Tareena Shakil

A mother who took her toddler to Syria and joined the Islamic State (IS) group was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday after becoming the first British woman to be convicted after returning home.
Tareena Shakil, 26, was found guilty by a court in Birmingham, central England of IS membership and encouraging terrorism in posts on Twitter before leaving Britain.
‘You were well aware that the future which you had subjected your son to was very likely to be indoctrination and thereafter life as a terrorist fighter,’ Judge Melbourne Inman said.
The court heard that Shakil was radicalised online and in October 2014 told her family she was going to Turkey for a beach holiday.
Instead, she crossed the border into Syria and went to IS stronghold Raqa.
‘I left to build us all a house in heaven, Allah promised us heaven if we sacrifice our worldly life,’ she wrote in a message to a relative. ‘I’m not coming back.’
In Raqa, she was kept in a large house with other single women and posed with her son for a selfie while wearing a black balaclava branded with the IS symbol.

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