Mother who fled London to join Isis will return with her three children

Nicole Jack speaks out of her desire to return to the UK in her first TV appearance (Image: BBC)

Nicole Jack speaks out of her desire to return to the UK in her first TV appearance (Image: BBC)

A three-year-old mother who fled London to join Isis has asked British officials to let her come back and insisted she is not a security risk.

Nicole Jack from Shepherd’s Bush in west London and her daughters aged seven, nine and 12 are being held in a refugee camp in Syria, where relatives of people suspected of belonging to Isis are being held.

The 34-year-old, who left her home in Shepherd’s Bush in October 2015, revealed that her husband, Hussein Ali, threatened to split the family up if she refused to travel with him to join the caliphate.

In an emotional interview with the BBC, she tried to explain why she left: ‘I do not think even if I explained it, everyone would understand.

‘But from my point of view, where I stand, it was first and foremost about my family being together.

‘And honestly, secondly, whatever may have happened, we’ve never witnessed it, my kids and I, honestly, you know, I’ve not seen a beheading in my life.

‘They should at least consider and try to understand why or what the situation was without just having a closed mind like, okay, stay out there and rot.’

Mrs Jack is in the same camp as Shamima Begum – a fellow citizen of London who had her British citizenship revoked by Sajid Javid for security reasons in 2019.

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Shamima Begum is one of three schoolchildren in East London who traveled to Syria in February 2015 to join the caliphate (Image: ITV / PA)

Shamima Begum is one of three schoolchildren in East London who traveled to Syria in February 2015 to join the caliphate (Image: ITV / PA)

Although Mrs Begum has begged for forgiveness and assured the government that she is not a threat to Britain, she has not been allowed to return.

Mrs Jack’s children are now attending a temporary school run by Save the Children, and are among up to 60 British youths detained in Syrian camps along with an estimated 16 women.

She urged politicians not to ‘sweep the issue under the rug’ and ‘open a dialogue’ for her return.

The former Pizza Hut employee also admitted that she does not understand officials who do not want ‘people like her’ back.

She added: ‘I really never understood why people would say that someone who went to Syria was a security risk because they were actually leaving the country.

‘They did not cause harm to a country by being inside it.’

CCTV issued by Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-olds Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum before taking a flight to Turkey in 2015 (Photo: PA)

CCTV issued by Metropolitan Police of, from left to right, 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum, before taking a flight to Turkey in 2015 (Photo: PA)

Just a year after she left London, Jack’s husband died in battle for the militant group.

She then remarried to another foreign IS recruit — Trinidadian fighter, Adil de Montrichard — who died in an airstrike that also killed her 10-year-old son Isaaq.

The mother said she coped with her son’s death by ‘knowing he’s in a better place’.

She added: ‘Everything else can bring us to the brink of a collapse, and that’s what I can not risk.’

The children’s grandmother Charleen Jack Henry, a London-based nurse, wants the three girls to return because it is ‘not fair’ for them to ‘fall in this place’.

Mrs Henry also believes that Mrs Jack, who also has Trinidadian citizenship, should be allowed to return to ‘see the consequences’.

It is unclear if Jack still has his British citizenship, but Metro.co.uk has contacted the home office for a comment.

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