British woman who took toddler to join ISIS is jailed for six years

A mother who fled to Syria with her toddler in a bid to join Islamic State (ISIS) has been jailed for six years.

Tareena Shakil, 26, from Birmingham, took her son to the capital of the caliphate in Raqqa in October 2014.


During her two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury were shown tweets, messages and photographs from her, including images of the black flag of ISIS and passages calling on people to ‘take up arms’, and stating her wish to become a ‘martyr’.


Photographs recovered from Shakil’s phone showed images of her wearing an IS balaclava, and posing with firearms.

The jury heard Shakil, formerly of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, told her family she was going to Turkey for a beach holiday with her young son but secretly travelled across the border into Syria after wishing to live under sharia law.


She told the court she returned to the UK in February last year after realising she had ‘made a mistake’ and was arrested at Heathrow Airport.


Sentencing the bright former college student, Judge Melbourne Inman said: ‘You embraced ISIS, you sent messages on the day of your arrival in Syria that you were not coming back and by October 28 you were sending a message to your brother-in-law that it was part of your faith to kill the murtadeen (apostates) and on December 9 you told your father you wanted to die a martyr.’