Husband of Isis bride denied UK citizenship wants them to live together as a family

The husband of the teen who fled the UK to join Isis says he wants them to live together as a family.

Shamima Begum left her home in Bethnal Green, east London when she was just 15.

Now 19 Begum has had three children, after recently giving birth to her third child, a baby boy, while at a Syrian refugee camp.

Her Dutch husband, Islamic State fighter Yago Riedijk, 27, says he wants to return to the Netherlands with her and their newborn son.

Riedijk, who married Begum before her 16th birthday, is currently being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in northern Syria.

Meanwhile Begum has pleaded to come back to the UK. It is believed that she is currently living in a refugee camp near the Iraqi border after her British citizenship was revoked on February 20 earlier this year.

Her wish to come home sparked intense debate, with many declaring Begum a brainwashed victim of grooming, while others insist she is a dangerous member of a terrorist organisation.

It is believed that Begum and Riedijk fled Baghouz, the group's last foothold in eastern Syria, as its territory collapsed in recent months.

Riedijk, who is said to have rejected IS, was found in the detention centre by the BBC.

When asked if he thought marrying a girl of that age was acceptable, he said: "To be honest, when my friend came and said there was a girl who was interested in marriage, I wasn't that interested because of her age, but I accepted the offer anyway.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of east London schoolgirl Shamima Begum, going through security at Gatwick airport, before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, she is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, Shamima Begum is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
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Sahima Begum (sister of Shamima Begum) and Abase Hussen (father of Amira Abase ) leave the Houses of Parliament in London, after giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after three schoolgirls are feared to have joined Islamic State in war-torn Syria.
Handout comp of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and 15-year-old Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday. The three schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State.
The famiiles of Amira Abase and Shamima Begum after being interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, central London, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum attends an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, (L-R) Kadiza Sultana's Cousin Fahmida Aziz, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum, Amira Abase's father Hussen Abase and Lawyer Tasnime Akunjee representing the families of the three schoolgirls missing in Syria attend an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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"We sat down and she seemed in a good state of mind. It was her own choice, she was the one who asked to look for a partner for her.

"Then I was invited and yeah, she was very young and it might have been better for her to wait a bit. But she didn't, she chose to get married and I chose to marry her."

When denying her an easy route back to the UK, the Home Office pointed out that Begum has dual British-Bangladesh nationality due to her heritage.

That said, Bangladesh were quick to point out that she had never set foot in the country and she was by birth a British citizen.

Said Javid, Home Secretary, has said her newborn son has British citizenship and therefore could be be allowed into the UK without his Isis-sympathising mother.

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