After Shamima Begum, two more ISIS brides have been stripped of British citizenship

While one of them is still preaching her innocence, claiming that she is not being treated fairly, her other sister has been left at another camp.


                            After Shamima Begum, two more ISIS brides have been stripped of British citizenship

Two British women, 30-year-old Reema Iqbal and 28-year-old Zara Iqbal, have been reportedly stripped of their British citizenship, as they are being held in Syrian camps with their young children.

This case immediately follows that of the 19-year-old Londoner, Shamima Begum, whose citizenship was revoked on the order of Home Secretary Sajid Javid. As a result of this move, Javid himself has faced increasing criticism, which only grew after the death of Begum's three-week-old son, Jarrah. Stripping of a person's citizenship is considered legal only if the individual has a second one, and while authorities claim Begum had a Bangladeshi one owing to her family roots, the Bangladeshi officials have denied this. The row over Begum's citizenship continues.

ISIS bride Shamima Begum's citizenship was revoked on the order of Home Secretary Sajid Javid (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
ISIS bride Shamima Begum's citizenship was revoked on the order of Home Secretary Sajid Javid (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Reema and Zara, too, are mothers to five children between them and all are under the age of eight. The women were widowed after their Portuguese-born husbands, Celso Da Cost and Sadjo Ture, died fighting for the Islamic State. The two sisters, who hail from Canning Town in East London, are said to be living in separate Syrian camps, where thousands of people have been put together in a process to disintegrate the "ISIS caliphate". According to Guardian, a Home Office spokesperson mentioned, "We do not comment on individual cases. Any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.” It has been reported that any “deprivation decision” had been judgments taken on the facts of each case.

Britain itself does not have any consular services in Syria, and as a result, the government will try working with local and UK authorities to facilitate the return of the children, since their parents have already given their consent. The two sisters, however, have an interesting backstory of their own.



30-year-old Reema is known to have led Islamist studies in Canning Town and Zara, who is the mother of three children is a former college student. They are known to have been part of a five-strong all-female terror cell after traveling to the war-torn country from east London in 2013 with their husbands.

Women and children who have fled fighting in Bagouz look out the back of a truck after stopping at a point on the road so members of the press could interview them before being transported to a camp after they were screened by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at a makeshift screening point in the desert on February 11, 2019 in Bagouz, Syria. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Women and children who have fled fighting in Bagouz look out the back of a truck after stopping at a point on the road so members of the press could interview them before being transported to a camp after they were screened by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at a makeshift screening point in the desert on February 11, 2019 in Bagouz, Syria. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

 

Their other sister, 32-year-old Samila Iqbal, is known to have married Dr Shajul Islam, who was accused in 2012 for kidnapping photojournalist, John Cantlie. As for Reema, she continues to profess her innocence even after spending four years living in the caliphate and demands to be freed from a detention camp in Syria specifically for ISIS suspects.

She apparently told The Sunday Times previously, "What are you trying to torture us for? There's nothing that we've done. Most of my life is destroyed. They [the British government] just think, ‘Yeah, everything we heard about you is true.’ But they’re not doing their part to actually come and speak to me.”