Shamima Begum took part in an ISIS training camp, according to a new testimony from a Yazizdi woman who was abducted as a sex slave by the Islamic terror group. It is alleged that participants at the camp were taught how to use suicide belts and guns such as shotguns and M16 assault rifles. The Yazidis are a Kurdish minority group consisting of around 550,000 people who mainly live in Iraq.
However, a substantial number also reside in northern Syria, mostly around Hasaka and Aleppo and in the Jabal Sim’an and Afrin valley.
During the mid-2010s as ISIS swept through Iraq and Syria, thousands of Yazidi women and girls were forced into sexual slavery by the jihadis.
About 5,000 Yazidi civilians were also killed during what has been called a “forced conversion campaign” carried out by ISIS in Northern Iraq.
One such slave was “Dila”, whose real name has not been revealed. She was only 13 when she was taken hostage by the Islamic extremists and was kept for seven years as a sex slave which included being horifically sold, raped and abused by her brutal captors.
The now 20-year-old Dila told the documentary film maker Alan Duncan, a former British soldier, and The Sun, that she is “100 percent sure” she saw Ms Begum at the terrorist training camp in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
The makeshift camp was set up as ISIS fled from Western-backed forces during a counteroffensive in Syria. The former sex slave claimed that Ms Begum had taken part in classes known as the “Students of Sharia” at the terror camp, where she would have most likely received instruction on how to use guns and suicide belts.
She said she also refused to believe Ms Begum had renounced the ideology of the Islamic extremists. When shown a photo by Mr Duncan of Ms Begum wearing a sleeveless top and baseball cap, Dila said: “It is fake by Begum. Living with ISIS women and ISIS in general I understand how they think, how loyal they are to their Sharia ideas.
“Even if they are not in ISIS – I don’t think they have open mentality and those clothes are representing them, I am certain. They are faking facts, women of ISIS will never change, they still believe in what they believe.
“Many of them still in the camps believe ISIS will rise again.” When pressed by Mr Duncan whether she was sure the woman at the terror training camp was Ms Begum, The Sun reported Dila responded via a translator: “I have no doubt – I am very certain it was Shamima,” the report added.
Ms Begum fled her home in Bethnal Green, London, to join ISIS at the age of 15 in February 2015. She travelled with her two school friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, flying to Turkey before crossing into Syria.
Her supporters have maintained that she had been brainwashed and groomed by ISIS members online.
The British government has refused to allow her to return to the UK and took the unusual step of removing her British citizenship in 2019 – claiming national security reasons for the decision.
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Ms Begum, 23, recently lost an appeal against that decision and remains stranded in the Roj refugee camp in northern Syria.
The special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that the UK Home Secretary’s power to strip Ms Begum of her citizenship was not limited by her likely being a child victim of trafficking, or that it leaves her de facto stateless.
The Commission also acknowledged that “reasonable people will profoundly disagree with the Secretary of State,” but dismissed their objections as “wider society and political questions.”
An estimated 50 other British women and children remain in Syrian refugee camps holding former ISIS members. Prisons in northeast Syria also hold a number of British men and boys, detained without charge or trial.
The UK so far has only repatriated 11 British nationals – 10 children and 1 woman – despite repeated requests from Kurdish-led authorities controlling these detention camps.