'Strong reports' IS teen bride's baby has died

'Strong reports' IS teen bride's baby has died

'Strong reports' IS teen bride's baby has died

The baby son of a British teenager stripped of her citizenship after joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group in Syria has died, according to a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Begum's child, Jarrah, passed away following what appeared to be a lung infection, the BBC reported a local paramedic as saying.

Begum left London with her two school friends in 2015 to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria, where she has lived with her husband, a Dutch IS fighter, for the last few years.

Before her son's birth, she told journalists that she wanted to raise her son in Britain, but the government revoked her citizenship.

Now 19, Begum told journalists she wanted to raise Jarrah in the United Kingdom, alleging she had lost two other children in Syria to malnutrition and disease. Javid also confirmed that Begum's son was a British citizen, though he said it would be "incredibly difficult" to facilitate the return of a child from Syria. Begum has said in media interviews her son was named Jarrah.


Mr Akunjee announced earlier on in the month that Miss Begum had relocated from Al-Hol to another area near the border with Iraq after getting death threats from other Daesh brides in the camp for showing her face on camera and speaking to the worldwide media. Almost 100 children have died en route or shortly after arriving at al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria due to a lack of food, water and health care, according to the International Rescue Committee, which says the situation there has reached a "breaking point".

The British Government could not confirm the reports. In a letter obtained by the BBC, Renu called her sister's son "the one true innocent", adding that he "should not lose the privilege of being raised in the safety of this country". But he later deleted the tweet without explanation, and shortly after confirmed the baby's death.

The development comes after British officials ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Shamima and her child.

Shamima was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls fled the United Kingdom to join IS in February 2015.

He told HuffPost UK that Begum had been moved to a new area of Syria and was living in a refugee camp: "We know she was living in a tent with a newborn baby in a camp with thousands of other people with very limited medical and food supplies".

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