A massive controversy has just erupted after a British woman, who left the U.K. as a teen to join in with ISIS in the Middle East, wants to return to her homeland. The issue is causing major concerns among people in England.
"I'm not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago," she told The Times, referring to her neighborhood in East London. "And I don't regret coming here."
Those that knew her years ago were not exactly sure about what had happened to her since she left England for the terrorist filled region of the Islamic State. Now, she is wanting to return but says she is not sorry for having left.
"It is not clear whether the girls were ever combatants, no how deep their support for the group went. But now that ISIS has lost almost all of its territory, Western intelligence services worry about what to do with these so-called foreign fighters and their families once they return home," according to NBC News.
The major issue to the people of England is the mystery about her motives for returning and if she believes in the mission of ISIS. At this time, it is anyone's guess as to why she truly wants to come back to the United Kingdom.
"Somebody who has spent a lot of time in the caliphate is likely to be radicalized, and women are as capable of committing terrorist acts as men," said NBC News security analyst Duncan Gardham. "It may be a difficult task to make sure she is not radicalized and ensure that she's not a threat."
The discontent reached a boiling point after conflicting views over the legal vs. moral issues at play. Conservative officials in England are holding their ground and openly speaking about how they are not willing to risk the lives of British people for someone who sympathized with ISIS.
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