British ISIS bride Shamima Begum's baby dies

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum's baby dies

LONDON, March 9 ― The British government drew fresh criticism today over its decision to revoke citizenship from a London teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria, after her baby died in a refugee camp.

The teen, who has reportedly already lost two children, said she wanted to return to the United Kingdom, sparking outcry from many, and prompting the government to strip her British citizenship.

But now British Home Secretary Sajid Javid is under fire, after Begum's infant son, born around three weeks ago, fell ill and died in the Syrian camp.

The newborn son of British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has died, the Kurdish Red Crescent confirmed to CNN.

The UK's Opposition took aim at Mr Javid for his decision, with Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott saying: "It is against global law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship". If the mother & baby had been brought home, the mother Shamima Begum would have faced British justice, but the baby might have lived.

Since December, at least 100 people have died en route to the camp or shortly after arriving, mostly children under five, the IRC said. She claimed she was "brainwashed" by the group and wants to return home.

Begum's Dutch husband Yago Riedijk, who was a so-called Islamic State fighter, told British broadcaster Sky that both of them had been brainwashed by the group.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has consistently advised against travel to Syria since April 2011", it said in a statement. "He was a British citizen".

Shamima Begum, 19, had asked to return home after giving birth to her son Jarrah last month in the camp in north-eastern Syria, but London refused.

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"There was no attempt to help by the Home Office".

Begum had tried to return home citing it was in her baby's best interest.

He said: "I request to the British people, please forgive her".

Begum's family denied she is a dual citizen and said it plans to challenge the UK's decision.

"If the British Government has stripped her of her nationality then another country should adopt her, any Muslim country", he told reporters at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, south-west London, ahead of an annual peace conference.

Two senior members of the government said on Saturday that the death was a tragedy but that the home secretary took the decision on grounds of national security.

Akunjee told the paper: "I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from Al-Hol due to safety concerns around her and her baby".

Member of Parliament Diane Abbott of the Labour Party tweeted, "It is against worldwide law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship".