A British woman, who ran away at 15 years old to join the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, has said in a recent interview that while she doesn't regret leaving, she would now like to return home.
Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, the 19-year-old teenage said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to return to the United Kingdom for her baby.
Begum said that her two friends - Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase had also married foreign ISIL fighters. The fate of the third girl is unclear.
She was one of three schoolgirls from the Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to join IS in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured a number of teenage girls to its self-proclaimed caliphate. They had told their parents they were simply going out for the day.
The couple left Raqqa in 2017 and two weeks ago they escaped from Baghuz, IS's last territory in eastern Syria.
"I thought only of what he would have done to a Muslim woman if he had the chance", she said.
And if she were still under 18 years old, the government would have a duty to take her and her unborn child's "best interests" into account in deciding what to do next.
The battle to recapture the group's last speck of territory is now only days from completion, Kurdish commanders said, with perhaps several hundred hardcore members dug into the centre of Baghuz village, a hamlet on the banks of the river Euphrates.
Her husband surrendered to a group of Syrian fighters as they left, and she is now one of 39,000 people in a refugee camp in northern Syria.
One of the girls, Kadiza Sultana, has been reported killed and Begum said the other two, Sharmeena Begum - no relation - and Amira Abase stayed on in Baghouz. The life that they show on the propaganda videos; it's a normal life.
"Every now and then there are bombs and stuff".
"It was from a captured fighter seized on a battlefield, an enemy of Islam". He said she would have known what she was getting into when she left London for Syria.
"So I fled the caliphate", Begum said in an interview conducted in the al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria. "And I don't regret coming here".
"We stayed until we could find a window, then we took it", she said.
"I don't have high hopes".
She said the death of her children was the reason she fled the almost destroyed terror group. There was so much oppression and corruption that I don't think they deserved victory. "It is up to her to present herself at the British borders, for the future of her child".
She claimed not to have seen him since. Shamima's mum just cried and told her to come home.
On her first glance of seeing a severed head in a bin, she added: "It didn't faze me at all".
Begum's case is not the first of its kind - Tareena Shakil, a British woman in her twenties, was sentenced to six years in jail after returning from Syria with her child.
"There's consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this Government has given for many years is that actions have consequences".
Begum fled to Syria in 2015.
"It is a challenge for all of us", he told BBC radio. Begum said that Abase, the other schoolgirl, may still be alive. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.