British jihadis face being locked up in Guantanamo Bay by the US – as American officials run out of patience with the way the UK treats them
- US officials want at least two British jihadis to be prosecuted in the US
- There is a fear two of The Beatles would be treated more leniently in Britain
- President Trump’s administration ‘can put 50 jihadi inmates in Guantanamo’
British jihadis could be sent to Guantanamo Bay after the UK is being seen to do little to punish them, it has been reported.
US officials believe the UK is not doing enough to punish people returning from Syria as they are offered rehabilitation programmes, rather than facing legal consequences.
According to The Times there is a growing opinion the UK is avoiding its responsibility over extremist converts who have joined ISIS.
Now, the paper has been told the two surviving members of the British terrorist group known as ‘The Beatles’ because of their English accents, El Shafee ElSheikh and Alexanda Kotey, could be prosecuted in America.
The Trump administration fears they could end up evading justice and want to send them to Guantanamo where there is room for about 50 jihadis.
‘These guys have American blood on their hands,’ a source told The Times.
US photographer James Foley was executed by the leader of ‘The Beatles’ Mohammed Emwazi known as Jihadi John.
Fresh talks over how jihadis who return from Syria are dealt with have begun after the discovery of one of the three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green who fled to Syria in 2015.
A Kurdish security officer escorts Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh
Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh (rigth), who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed “The Beatles
DEAD: Mohammed Emwazi (picture above) , brandishes a knife in this still file image from a 2014 video
Shamima Begum (pictured in her passport photo, and right before she left aged 15) is now 19 and is alive in Syria – she wants to return to the UK
Shamima Begum, now 19, married in Syria after running away from home with friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultanta.
At nine months pregnant she wants to come home and have her third child in Britain, despite showing no remorse for joining ISIS. She left the surrounded village of Baghuz as ISIS fights for its last slither of territory in eastern Syria.
She said she has ‘no regrets’ about joining them.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said the UK would not be rescuing her from the Northern Syrian camp she escaped to.
He said: ‘I’m not putting at risk British people’s lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state.
‘The message this government has given for many years is that actions have consequences.’
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Timeline of the London girls’ journey into ISIS’ heart of terror – but now one wants to come home
Sharmeema Begum – the first Bethnal Green girl to flee to Syria before her three younger friends followed
– December – Counter terrorism police question Shamima Begum, Kadiz Sultana and Amira Abase after their friend Sharmeema Begum goes to Syria.
– February 17 – Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase leave their east London homes at 8am to travel to Istanbul in Turkey from Gatwick Airport. Begum and Abase – who has not yet been publicly named – are reported missing by their families later the same day.
– February 18 – Sultana is reported missing to the police.
– February 20 – The Metropolitan Police launch a public appeal for information on the missing girls who are feared to have gone on to Syria.
– February 21 – Four days after the girls went missing, police believe they may still be in Turkey.
It is revealed that at least one of the missing girls had Twitter contact with Aqsa Mahmood, who left her Glasgow home in November 2013 and travelled to Syria after becoming radicalised.
– February 22 – Abase’s father Abase Hussen says his daughter told him she was going to a wedding on the day she disappeared. Metropolitan Police officers arrive in Turkey, but refuse to confirm whether they are involved in the search for the teenagers.
– August 2016 – Sultana, 17, is reportedly killed in Raqqa when a suspected Russian air strike obliterates her house.
– February 14 – Begum, 19, tells Anthony Loyd of The Times that she wants to return to the UK to give birth to her third child. Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, she adds she does not regret joining IS and that she believes, contrary to reports in 2018, that her other companion Abase is still alive in Baghuz.
Many want the girls to be forgiven and welcomed home for rehabilitation.
The father of Sharmeena Begum – the first teenager from the East London school to flee to Syria – urged the British Government to forgive her.
Begum, who loved watching EastEnders and wanted to be a doctor, vanished in December 2014 at the age of 15. Two months later she was joined in Raqqa, the self-styled capital of the Islamic State, by her best friends Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum.
Last night Sharmeena’s father Mohammad Uddin said the girls should be forgiven because they were radicalised and brainwashed. A local imam disagreed, saying they were ‘a danger to the community’.
Abase’s father Hussen claimed that his daughter fled to Syria on a humanitarian mission after seeing images of civilians starving on the internet. He urged the Government to let her and the others back in to the country, insisting: ‘They are no threat to us.’
Mr Abase, 52, a security guard who came to Britain as a refugee from Ethiopia in 1999, said: ‘The girls should be allowed to come back. When they left the country they were teenagers. They [British officials] have to understand that.
‘She is a naturally generous person. She saw in the media and on the internet [that] people over there are starving and I think she wanted to go and help. I have had no contact with her since she left. It’s been very hard on my family – I have a wife and two other children, aged 13 and 17. They all miss her. It was just a mistake that the girls left their families to go to a place like that.’
Kadiza was reported to have been killed in an airstrike on Raqqa in May 2016, while Ms Begum has recently heard second-hand from other people that Amira, and the other schoolgirl who left Britain in 2014, may still be alive.
When she arrived, Ms Begum was put in a house where jihadist brides-to-be waited to be married, she said.
Ten days after arriving in Raqqa in 2015, she wed a Dutchman who had converted to Islam. She claims her husband was later arrested, charged with spying and tortured.
The mother of the white British Islamic convert known as ‘Jihadi Jack’ joined the calls for Shamima Begum to be allowed back into Britain. Sally Letts, 55, said at her Oxford home: ‘Of course she should be allowed back. She was a child, she was groomed and abused and now they want to judge her as an adult!’
Bethnal Green runaway Amira Abase (left in September) used a pictured of a woman in a full veil clutching a knife on her Twitter page, which has been shut down
Jack Letts, 22, went to IS territory and was captured two years ago by Kurdish fighters. He is awaiting trial in northern Syria.
Letts denies joining the terror group and his parents deny three charges of financially aiding terrorism. They are due to go on trial at the Old Bailey in May. They allege Letts went to the region for ‘religious and humanitarian reasons’.
Kadiza Sultana, then 16, Amira Abase, then 15, in images released by police in 2015 after they ran off to Syria. Miss Sultana was killed in an air strike
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