U K, Birmingham: A British woman, Tareena Shakil recently returned to the United Kingdom from Syria has been found guilty of membership in the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh. Twenty six year old of Birmingham who took her toddler with her in 2014 and joined ISIL has also been with “encouraging acts of terrorism through messages posted on Twitter. She denied the charges.” BBC reported.
Tareena was one of about 60 British women who are believed to have left their homes to join ISIL in Syria. They were said to have been among about 600 women from Europe, North America and Australia in Syria.
During her trial in Birmingham Shakil told the court that she moved to Syria because she wanted to live under the Sharia law, but her claim was rejected by the jury. “The jury was shown her tweets, messages and photographs, including images of the black flag of IS and passages calling on people to “take up arms”,” wrote the BBC. “She had also stated her wish to become a “martyr”.”
During her time in Syria Shakil posted photos of herself and son in ISIS outfit and the group’s black flag. Shakil’s defense team told the court that she went to Syria to escape an unhappy life, as Shakil said that she had been debriefed by MI5 upon her return.