Shamima Begum claims she only left UK to join ISIS because she ‘didn’t want to be left behind by her friends’

SHAMIMA Begum claims she only left the UK to join ISIS as she “didn’t want to be left behind by her friends”.

The teen ISIS bride fled Britain for Syria in 2015, aged 15, to join the militant group with two schoolgirls.

She is currently being held at the al-Roj camp in northern Syria after having her citizenship stripped.

Speaking in a new documentary, The Return: Life After ISIS, Begum has claimed she and her friends were recruited online, the MailOnline reported.

She said: “I knew it was a big decision, but I just felt compelled to do it quickly.

“I didn’t want to be the friend that was left behind.”

Begum, now 21, said recruiters preyed on the guilt they felt at seeing Muslims suffer in the Syrian conflict.

In the account, which was the first she had given since leaving the UK, the young woman said she was the “black sheep” of her family and was “young and naive when she made the decision to leave.

She joined her Bethnal Green classmates – Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana – in fleeing the UK, she said, because she wanted to help people in war-torn Syria.

In the documentary Begum cries when talking about losing her three children during the Syrian war.

She wanted to kill herself because of the grief, she said.

Earlier this week Spanish director Alba Sotorra said Begum was not a threat to anyone, as she was totally broken and in need of help.