Britain jails woman who took toddler to Syria to join ISIS

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British Mother Convicted of Joining IS in Syria with Young Child

A British woman who took her young son to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) has been sentenced to six years in prison Monday.

Tareena Shakil, 26, was convicted on Friday of being a member of the group and encouraging acts of terrorism.

In October 2014, Shakil took her one-year-old to Turkey and then on to Syria. Three months later, she fled, taking a taxi from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa to the Turkish border and then returning to Britain. She was arrested by counter terrorism police at Heathrow Airport in February 2015 and her son has since been taken into social care.

Shakil denied the charges, insisting that while she wanted to live under Islamic law she didn't condone terrorism or encourage others through messages on Twitter. She told jurors they had made a mistake.

However, prosecutors said that photos on her phone showed her posing with a gun and her son wearing a hat with the ISIS logo.

The judge, Mr Justice Inman, said that Shakil showed no remorse and knew her son would grow up to join ISIS. "Most alarmingly you took your toddler son to Syria knowing how he would be used - his future would be as an IS fighter," he told her according to the BBC.

"You allowed him to be photographed next to an AK47," he added.

Tareena Shakil with a firearm, an image recovered from her mobile phone by investigators.

Tareena Shakil with a firearm, an image recovered from her mobile phone by investigators.

Inman added that Shakil sent messages home saying "that it was part of your faith to kill the murtadeen (apostates) and ... you wanted to die a martyr," the Associated Press reports.

"You were well aware that the future which you had subjected your son to was very likely to be indoctrination and thereafter life as a terrorist fighter," the judge said.

Shakil's membership of ISIS "was proven as a result of enquiries carried out by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and other agencies," West Midlands Police said. "Detectives were able to show Shakil had indeed become a member of the extremist group and was set to become a jihadi bride."

Some 300 Britons are believed to be fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 56 women and girls were reported missing to the police by their families, all feared to have travelled to Syria, West Midlands Police say.

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