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The Shamima Begum case is uncomfortable—but law and principle should bring her home

The UK’s responsibility for its citizens does not end at the cliffs of Dover. Begum should be allowed to come home—and then prosecuted as appropriate

By Stephanie Hancock  

Renu, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister's photo while being interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard. Photo: PA

“All I want to do is come home to Britain.”

So says Shamima Begum, a heavily pregnant British teenager, who joined the Islamic State aged 15 but last week fled as ISIS’ final stronghold in eastern Syria crumbled around her.

Her case has sparked heated debate about how those who moved voluntarily to live under ISIS rule should be treated by their country of citizenship.

Now that the ISIS…

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