A woman who left the UK to join ISIS at the age of 15 has lost her Court of Appeal challenge over a decision to withdraw her British citizenship.

Shamima Begum flew to Syria in 2015 with two school friends to join the terrorist group. While there, she married an ISIS fighter and spent several years living in Raqqa.

Begum then reappeared in al-Hawl, a Syrian refugee camp, in 2019. She made international headlines as an “ISIS bride” after pleading with the UK government to allow her to return to her home country for the birth. of his son.

The then home secretary, Sajid Javid, stripped her of her British citizenship in February of that year, and Begum’s newborn son died in a Syrian refugee camp the following month. She told UK media that she had two other children before that baby, who also died in Syria in infancy.

Begum photographed in Syria's Roj Camp in 2021. - Sam Tarling/Getty Images

Begum photographed in Syria’s Roj Camp in 2021. – Sam Tarling/Getty Images

Ruling on whether the government’s decision was legal, Chief Justice Baroness Carr said, according to PA Media: “It could be argued that the decision in Ms Begum’s case was harsh. One could also argue that Mrs. Begum is the author of her own misfortune.

“But it is not for this court to agree or disagree with either view.”

Friday’s ruling does not necessarily signal the end of Begum’s legal battle. Alexander dos Santos, an extradition lawyer, told Sky News after the ruling that there is “at least some possibility” that his lawyers will appeal again.

He pointed to Begum’s statelessness as a reason for this, something her lawyers have argued the British government has not fully considered the consequences of.

Begum has made several public appeals while fighting the government’s decision, most recently appearing in the BBC documentary The Shamima Begum Story and a ten-part BBC podcast series.

In the podcast series he insisted that “he is not a bad person.” While she accepted that the British public saw her as a “danger” and a “risk”, Begum attributed this to the media image of her.

Her lawyers have argued that she was a victim of child trafficking and that the decision was illegal as it made her stateless.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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By Sam