Tareena Shakil jailed for six years for joining IS
Jihadi mother who took her toddler to join ISIS ‘is attention seeker who stole another woman’s husband’
Tareena Shakil is the first British woman to be convicted of joining ISIS
- The 26-year-old took her toddler to war-torn Syria using her student loan
- Her husband’s former wife said Shakil threatened to petrol bomb her home
- The woman said Shakil enjoyed a party lifestyle and smoked cannabis
- Claims the day they met she ‘didn’t see a single Muslim bone in her body’
A mother who took her toddler son to Syria has been jailed for six years for joining the so-called Islamic State.
Tareena Shakil, 26, is the first woman from the UK to return from the self-declared caliphate to be convicted of the offence.
Sentencing her, Mr Justice Inman said she had shown no remorse and had known her son’s future would ultimately be “as an IS fighter”.
He told Shakil: “You allowed him to be photographed next to an AK47.”
Shakil, from Birmingham, but formerly of Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, admitted travelling to Syria but denied joining IS and encouraging acts of terrorism through messages posted on Twitter.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, the judge said: “Most alarmingly you took your toddler son to Syria knowing how he would be used.
“You embraced your role in providing fighters of the future.”
Shakil posed the boy, who was 14 months old at the time, for pictures wearing an IS-branded balaclava, in what the judge described as one of the most “abhorrent” features of the case.
Mr Justice Inman told Shakil she had “embraced Isis”, sending messages on the day she arrived in Syria saying she was not coming back to the UK, telling her family it was part of her faith to kill the murtadeen (apostates) and that she wanted to die a martyr.
He said it was clear she had been “radicalised” following online conversations with prominent members of the terrorist group.
Shakil, who was convicted on Friday, maintained she took her son to Syria, in October 2014, to escape an “unhappy family life”.