Isil bride Shamima Begum suggests she is prepared to go to prison if Britain allows her back

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Shamima Begum has indicated she is prepared to go to prison if she is allowed back to Britain - Enterprise/Enterprise

The schoolgirl who ran away to join Isil has indicated that she is prepared to go to prison if she gets her wish to return to Britain.

Shamima Begum said that she was still determined to come back from Syria despite knowing that UK authorities have the “option” to send her to jail.

In an interview with the BBC yesterday, while cradling a newborn baby, the teenager was asked what she thought would happen on her return.

“My first priority is my son, obviously,” she replied.

“Because I don't know whether he'd be taken away from me or they'll let me keep him or give him to my family while the UK decides what to do with me. To put me in prison, to put me in a de-radicalisation course, I don't know.”

Ms Begum flew to the Middle East four years ago to join the terror group.There, she married a Dutch-born fighter with whom she had three children.

Her two eldest children have died, but she reportedly gave birth at a refugee camp in northeastern Syria at the weekend.

Since she was discovered, Ms Begum has faced criticism for a lack of remorse, and an apparent reluctance to disavow Isil teachings.

When asked about the enslavement and rape of Yazidi women by jihadist fighters, she replied yesterday: “Shia do the same in Iraq.”

Shamima Begum has indicated she is prepared to go to prison if she is allowed back to Britain Credit: Enterprise/Enterprise

Later she likened the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 to the "women and children" being bombed in Baghuz, where Isil fighters are currently making their last stand.

"I do feel that it's wrong that innocent people did get killed,” she said.

“It's one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it's self-defence, but to kill the people like women and children...

"Just people like the women and children in Baghuz that are being killed right now unjustly, the bombings. It's a two-way thing really.

"Because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now and it's kind of retaliation. Like, their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought 'OK, that is a fair justification'."

Ms Begum said she was old enough at 15 to make her own decisions, and added that she was partly inspired by videos hostages being beheaded, and also by propaganda videos showing "the good life" under IS.

She added that she had watched videos of the murders of British hostages but did not know the names of the victims.

"I just want forgiveness really, from the UK,” she said.

“Everything I've been through, I didn't expect I would go through that.

"Losing my children the way I lost them, I don't want to lose this baby as well and this is really not a place to raise children, this camp."

The teenager also admitted that her disappearance had been a propaganda coup for Isil but insisted that she did not ask to be the subject of international media attention.

She said: "I didn't want to be on the news at first. I know a lot of people, after they saw that me and my friends came, it actually encouraged them.

"I did hear, yeah, a lot of people were encouraged to come after I left but I wasn't the one that put myself on the news.

"The poster girl thing was not my choice."