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‘British’ mum used STUDENT LOAN to join ISIS

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Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

STUDENT LOAN used to fund trip to Syria with her 14-month-old baby

She said she agreed to go to turkey after extremists told her she would go to hell if she stayed in the UK, “the land of the non-believers.”

While in Syria she sent pictures to relatives of her child in an IS balaclava

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Tareena Shakil changed used the £1,215.50 to buy plane tickets from East Midlands Airport the following month.

The court heard the aspiring model had grown up in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She was found guilty of ISIS membership and encouragement of terrorism through messages posted on Twitter as per Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.

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She will be sentenced on Monday.

During the trial she claimed she was a “silly, naive girl” and she had been ‘kidnapped by an Arab man’ but a jury dismissed her “fantasy story”.

She said she agreed to go to turkey after extremists told her she would go to hell if she stayed in the UK, “the land of the non-believers.”

While in Syria she sent pictures to relatives of her child in an IS balaclava.

In January last year she crossed back into Turkey after becoming “disenchanted” at life in Syria, telling British police that she had been kidnapped on holiday.

The jury found Shakil guilty of all charges she faced.

After the verdict assistant chief constable Marcus Beale said: “Our assessment is she was not naive.

“She had absolutely clear intentions when she left the UK, sending tweets encouraging the public to commit acts of terrorism here and then taking her young child to join Daesh in Syria.”

He added: “If anyone is concerned a friend or family member is thinking of travelling to Syria it is crucial they tell us.”

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