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In February 2015, Amira Abase (15*), #ShamimaBegum (16*) & Kadiza Sultana (15*), travelled to #Syria from UK via Turkey. They went to become "#ISIS brides". Till this day, I still don't know how they were not stopped or questioned at any port of exit/entry.

*At the time
The reason I say this, is that few weeks later after the girls left the UK, I was travelling back to the UK from Jordan, via Turkey. When I got to the UK, I was detained under #Schedule7 of the #Terrorism Act 2000.

Police said because I was alone & had come from Turkey & Jordan, & taking into account foreigners (#Muslims) using those countries to enter Syria, they wanted to have a chat. During the questioning, I was asked about my opinion of the 3 girls (I heard in the news about them).
I disagree with ISIS & anyone who joins & supports them, in whatever capacity, but I questioned the police as to how were the girls allowed to travel to Turkey, the very same place they said to me was of a concern (hence detaining me), without questioning any of the girls?
Surely if you see 3 girls no older than 16, travelling to #Turkey, knowing that at the time number of girls were joining ISIS, surely someone should have used thier common sense & just spoke to the girls. A 5 minute call to the parents would be sufficient.
Police said that legally the girls could travel alone because one of them was 16. So in the UK you can't smoke, vote or buy alcohol from a pub until you're 18, but at age 15/16 you can leave the country to fly internationally without your parent's consent? 🤔
Strange isn't it, that 15/16yr old girls pass through immigration to fly to Turkey & counter terrorism officers didn't stop them, but me, 26 at the time, was detained due to "concerns". I was 10 years older than those girls, but police were "worried" about me. What about them 3?
I still believe, that the UK government & counter terrorism could have prevented the 3 girls from travelling. Scotland Yard already knew that a friend of the girls had joined ISIS in 2014 & the police were in touch with the 3 girls because of that.

Alarm bells??
Sometimes I think the UK allows things to happen or turns a blind eye, so that when scenarios happen like with the 3 girls, the government can justify passing & enforcing more laws to "control" a certain demographic.

You can start with increasing travelling age.

#ShamimaBegum should be allowed to return to UK & be subjected to the rule of law & due process. The girls were groomed from the beginning. Shamima should also be given the chance to be rehabilitated. She's still a teen & there's no evidence of HER carrying out acts of terrorism.
And to the UK Muslims who are saying we should abandon Shamima, you guys are going to deter more young Muslims who have extremist idealogies, from seeking redemption or changing their ways. We need to speak to our youth & show them the right way before it's too late.
I wrote this a few years ago when Kadiza Sultanah (one of the girls who travelled with Shamima) was killed in a Russian airstrike. She was fleeing ISIS after realising what they were really about. I was disgusted to see many Muslims celebrating her death.
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