An east London schoolgirl who left Britain as a 15-year-old to join the so-called Islamic State group is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
Shamima Begum was tracked down by The Times to a refugee camp in northern Syria where she is now 19, the bride of an IS fighter, nine months’ pregnant and has had two infant children who are dead.
Her Dutch-born husband is in captivity.
Stating that "I don't regret coming here," she told The Times: "I'm not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago."
She also told the paper: "The caliphate is over.
"There was so much oppression and corruption that I don't think they deserved victory. I know what everyone at home thinks of me as I have read all that was written about me online.
"But I just want to come home to have my child. That's all I want right now. I'll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child."
She was one of three schoolgirls - along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase - from Bethnal Green Academy who left their homes and families in February 2015 to join a fourth Bethnal Green schoolgirl in Syria who had left London they year before.
They each married an Isis foreign fighter, according to The Times.
Shamima Begum, one of three pupils from Bethnal Green who ran away from London aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has been found by The Times in a refugee camp after escaping the jihadists’ final showdown. pic.twitter.com/kFcG02lvaq— The Times of London (@thetimes) February 13, 2019
Ms Sultana was reported to have been killed in an airstrike on Raqqa in May 2016, while Ms Begum has recently heard second-hand from other people that Ms Abase, and the other schoolgirl who left Britain in 2014, may still be alive.
When she arrived, Ms Begum was put in a house where jihadist brides-to-be waited to be married, she said.
Ms Begum was married ten days after arriving in Raqqa in 2015 to a Dutchman who had converted to Islam. She claims her husband was later arrested, charged with spying and tortured.
She left Raqqa in January 2017 with her husband but her children, a girl aged a year and nine months old and a three-month-old boy, both died in the recent months. Her son had an unknown illness worsened by malnutrition, The Times said.
Ms Begum said she had a "mostly" a "normal life in Raqqa, every now and then bombing and stuff".
She told the paper: "But when I saw my first severed head in a bin it didn't faze me at all. It was from a captured fighter seized on the battlefield, an enemy of Islam.
"I thought only of what he would have done to a Muslim woman if he had the chance."
The family went to Baghuz and she left there two weeks ago along a 5km long corridor east of the town.
Her husband surrendered to a group of Syrian fighters allied to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and she has not seen him since, according to The Times.
Britain's Security minister Ben Wallace said he would not put British officials' lives at risk to rescue people like Ms Begum from Syria.
"I'm not putting at risk British people's lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state - there's consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this government has given for many years is that actions have consequences."