LONDON: Recent news has emerged regarding Shamima Begum’s life under Daesh, claiming that the UK teenager served under the terror group’s “morality police” and also tried to recruit other young women.
The Sunday Telegraph has cited “well-informed” sources alleging that the London-raised teenager was a “member of the feared ISIS morality police”, referring to another acronym for Daesh.
The report claims that the 19-year-old “played an active role” in the organization’s reign of terror.
The newspaper says Begum was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle, and allegedly earned herself the reputation of a strict “enforcer” of laws, on issues such as dress codes for women.
In this role, Begum is said to have received between “£500 ($658) and £1,500 a month”.
She also allegedly worked on recruiting more women to join Daesh, including texting a teen from Austria in 2015.
Begum attempted to lure the girl into joining the group by allegedly telling her: “Don’t believe any of the bad things you hear about Dawla [the Daesh state], it’s fake. You have everything you want here and we can help find you a good-looking husband.”
The cited allegations also say that the British teen had been briefed on the preparations of suicide vests used by the group’s self-bombers.
The information, said to have been gleaned by CIA and other western intelligence services, contradicts with what Begum had previously stated about her life under Daesh.
In a previous interview, she claimed that during her four years under the militant group she was never involved in any brutality, adding that during her time in Syria she was a devoted housewife to a Daesh fighter.
Begum has had her British citizenship revoked and has since been stuck in a displacement camp for months after being detained when leaving Daesh territory.