Tareena Shakil (pictured) was the first British woman to be jailed for joining Islamic State and has now been released from prison
The only British woman to be jailed for joining Islamic State is now living in Birmingham, it has emerged.
Tareena Shakil was nicknamed the Towie jihadi when it emerged the fan of reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex fled to Syria with her toddler son in 2014.
The former student, now 29, from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, posed her son in an IS hat and appeared in pictures with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun.
She returning to the UK to face justice she told jurors she escaped after tricking an IS minder into allowing her on a bus to visit a non-existent husband.
She then paid a taxi driver to take her close to the Turkish border. From there, she claims she ran across a field to safety with her son in her arms.
Shakil (pictured) was shown posing with weaponry and wearing an Islamic State balaclava
Shakil, whose mother, Mandy, 52, is a white English Muslim convert, was convicted of joining IS and jailed for six years in February 2016.
Her conviction came a year after she was arrested after touching down at Heathrow. She was released on licence in July, relatives said yesterday.
Shakil took her young son to Syria and was jailed for six years for becoming a member of the terrorist group
One said: ‘I’ve seen her a few times since then, including at Christmas. She has put all that radicalisation behind her and just wants to live a normal life now. She no longer wears a headscarf.’
The relative said Shakil had some ‘supervised contact’ with her son, but he was not in her custody.
Shakil’s father, Mohammed, 47, and brother, Tareem, 25, were jailed last November for running a county lines drug racket.
Shamima Begum one of three schoolgirls at Gatwick Airport as she left the UK to marry a foreign fighter for ISIS
Kadiza Sultana, then 16, Amira Abase, then 15 and Shamima Begum, then 15, (left to right) in images released by police in 2015 after they ran off to Syria
Britain could be forced to take back and dozens of other jihadi brides. Ministers yesterday vowed not to risk UK lives to rescue pregnant teenager Shamima Begum, who is begging to come home despite having ‘no regrets’ about her four years in Syria.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said last night he would use all available powers to prevent Begum from returning to the UK, while security sources told The Times she would be treated as a ‘national security threat’ if she returned to British soil.
But if Begum, 19, makes it across borders to a British consulate, officials will have little choice but to allow her home so the NHS can care for her baby.