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Female 'ISIS Matchmaker' Begs To Return To The UK

Female 'ISIS Matchmaker' Begs To Return To The UK

A female British ISIS recruiter who allegedly lured Jihadi bride Shamima Begum to Syria is alive and well and now asking to return to the UK with her two children.

Tooba Gondal, who has been dubbed the 'ISIS matchmaker', moved from Walthamstow in London to the terrorist group's former caliphate of Raqqa in 2015.

Earlier this year, the former student has been trying to flee the territory towards the Turkish border to make her way back to Britain, although she was stopped by Kurdish forces and sent to the Ain Issa detention camp with her children.

Tooba Gondal is originally from London. Credit: Rojava Information Center
Tooba Gondal is originally from London. Credit: Rojava Information Center
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And now, in an open letter, Gondal has made a plea to her former home country, begging on the government to allow her back.

Per the Sunday Times, she wrote: "I desperately wish for the British government to take us back. I want to prove that I am a changed person; a much better individual for society.

"I want to face justice in a British court. I wish to redeem myself. I would like Britain to accept my apology and to give me another chance."

Her pleas are a far cry from previous Twitter statements in which she used to urge women to come to Syria to marry ISIS militants, as well as celebrate terrorist attacks including the Bataclan massacre.

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Shamima Begum fled the UK with two others in 2015. Credit: PA
Shamima Begum fled the UK with two others in 2015. Credit: PA

In 2015, posting under the name Umm Muthanna al-Britannia, she uploaded a picture of herself with an AK-47 alongside the caption 'living the life'.

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She later posted: "Everyone around me is getting shahadah, when will it be my turn?"

However, while in detention camp, Gondal insists she is 'not a threat' to the UK, explaining that she was 'manipulated' into travelling to Syria and carrying out the terrorist group's work.

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"I was a vulnerable target to ISIS recruiters. I was manipulated and persuaded that it was an obligation as a Muslim to travel to Syria," she added.

"I never became a member of ISIS. I was forced at many stages to marry and I can't say how many times I tried to escape.

"I wanted to leave from the start, but it became impossible. These criminals threatened to kill my babies."

The former recruiter has even offered to help prevent vulnerable Muslims from being radicalised, while adding that her children are "completely innocent".

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Credit: Sky News
Credit: Sky News

Up until this point, the British government has denied granting Gondal permission to return, as the Home Office still consider her to be a threat to national security.

It's a similar outcome for Gondal's alleged recruitee, Shamima Begum, who this week was told to forget ever returning to the UK by the Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Featured Image Credit: Rojava Information Center

Topics: Return, uk news, ISIS, UK, Syria, Terrorist, Britain

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]