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British mother takes her 1-year-old son to join ISIS in Syria

By Mason White 4:56 PM January 31, 2016
Tareena Shakil 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested on a charge of encouraging acts of terror after fleeing the country to join ISIS in Syria, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 26-year-old Tareena Shakil of Birmingham, was convicted of encouraging acts of terror despite claiming that she was forced to send terror messages on Twitter by ISIS fighters.

According to the police investigation, Shakil traveled to Raqqa, after radicalizing herself by watching extremist material on the Internet.

The mother of one child took along her 1-year-old son to join the terrorist fighters. In court, Shakil said that she was just trying to find a better life for her son under Sharia law.

Prosecutors told the court that Shakil had clear intentions of terror as she sent tweets to encourage the public to acts of terrorism.

She also posted photographs posing with a gun and wearing an ISIS uniform. Shakil had incited others to commit terrorist acts on social media sites and has spent months living under ISIS.

Shakil claimed that her extremist messages were being monitored by ISIS fighters and she had no choice but to send them.

Shakil eventually fled from Syria by bribing a taxi driver with $50. The taxi driver took her to Turkey. Shakil turned herself in to soldiers in Turkey, and she was detained for six weeks.

After six weeks, she was set free and she returned to the United Kingdom. When she got home, she was arrested.

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