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12:00 AM, February 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:15 AM, February 23, 2019

Family of IS teen to fight UK decision to strip citizenship

Father of Alabama woman who joined IS sues US

The family of a London teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria yesterday said it would challenge the British government's decision to revoke her citizenship.

Shamima Begum travelled to Syria in 2015 aged just 15 but has now fled the crumbling "caliphate" and says she wants to come home, after giving birth in a refugee camp last weekend.

A letter to interior minister Sajid Javid written by Begum's sister Renu on behalf of her family also called on the government to help bring her newborn son to Britain.

The fate of the 19-year-old has triggered fierce debate in Britain, with the government telling her family this week that it was revoking her citizenship.

International law prevents a government from rendering a person stateless, but Britain reportedly believes that Begum also has Bangladeshi citizenship due to her parents, although she was born in Britain.

The Bangladeshi government said there was "no question" of her being allowed to enter, and there is legal argument about whether simply having Bangaldeshi parents bestows citizenship.

Begum's baby was born before she was told of the decision to revoke her citizenship, and is therefore British and has a right to return.

Public sentiment hardened against Begum after she showed little remorse in initial interviews from the refugee camp.

Meanwhile, the father of an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria sued Thursday to bring her home after the Trump administration took the extraordinary step of declaring that she was not a US citizen.

Hoda Muthana, 24, says that she regrets joining the extremists and is willing to face prosecution in the United States over her incendiary propaganda on behalf of the ruthless but dwindling group.

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