IS sisters Reema and Zara Iqbal being detained in Syria lose British citizenship


Two Islamic State (IS) brides being held in Syrian refugee camps have had their British citizenship revoked.

Mother-of-two Reema Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, who has three young boys, left east London for Syria in 2013.

The women, whose parents are originally from Pakistan, are believed to have both married IS fighters who died in combat.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.”

They added: “We do not comment on individual cases.”

The sisters’ children, who are thought to be British citizens, would be unaffected by the Iqbal siblings losing their citizenship.

If the children were to be taken to British consular services, of which there are none in Syria, the children could be repatriated to the UK.

The fate and citizenship status of their other sister, Samila, 32, is unknown.

It comes as a top Muslim leader called on Muslim countries to “adopt” Islamic State bride Shamima Begum following the cancellation of her British citizenship. The 19-year-old’s infant son, Jarrah, died on Friday.

Reema Iqbal spoke to Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford last month in Roj camp, saying life there was hard, adding: “I don’t trust anyone. I’m sorry. I’ve been burned before.”

When Crawford suggested maybe she had been forgotten by the outside world, she insisted: “I have NOT been forgotten.”

“I am not forgotten.”

(c) Sky News 2019: IS sisters Reema and Zara Iqbal being detained in Syria lose British citizenship

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