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    British Woman Jailed for Joining IS With Child

    Tareena Shakil is seen after her arrest, in this undated booking picture courtesy of West Midlands Police.
    Tareena Shakil is seen after her arrest, in this undated booking picture courtesy of West Midlands Police.
    VOA News

    A British woman who took her child to Syria and joined the Islamic State has been sentenced to six years in prison.

    Tareena Shakil, 26, was convicted by a Birmingham court of being an IS member and encouraging acts of terrorism.

    In October 2014, she and her one-year-old son boarded a plane to Turkey, having told her family she was going on a beach vacation.  She crossed the border into Syria, making her way to the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

    But after three months, she fled and turned herself in to the Turkish military.  She was arrested in February 2015 by police at Heathrow Airport upon her return home.

    During the trial, Shakil denied charges of joining the Islamist group saying that she wanted to live under strict Islamic law and not support terrorism.

    But prosecutors said photos on her phone showed her posing with weapons and her son wearing a hat with an Islamic State symbol.

    Judge Melbourne Inman said during sentencing Monday Shakil had embraced the Islamic State group.

    "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,'' he said.  

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    by: Baba
    February 04, 2016 10:05 AM
    Good coverage but very lenien treatment by the judge to such terrorist.

    by: Anonymous
    February 02, 2016 1:11 PM

    "During the trial, Shakil denied charges of joining the Islamist group saying that she wanted to live under strict Islamic law and not support terrorism."

    Why should England wasting money to house and feed her for another six years ? The solution is air-drop her back into an IS stronghold . After all, there is no place on earth that is under stricter Islamic law then in those crazy IS places . Set an example , and others will know you mean business

    by: Howard
    February 01, 2016 9:18 PM
    I totally agree with the sentence, there are consequences for our actions good and bad.

    by: Peter
    February 01, 2016 5:08 PM
    I don't think the sentence of 6 years is fair for her. It should be 60 years! Otherwise she would make the headline again some time next 7 years or so.

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