The Guardian newspaper said that British woman Shamima Begum, nicknamed “ISIS bride”, who was stripped of her citizenship for traveling to Syria and joining ISIS, was smuggled by a “Canadian spy”, and that the Canadian security services “covered up”.
A new book, “The Secret History of the Five Eyes” by Richard Kerbage, accused the Canadian government of “withholding information about her whereabouts while British police were speeding up their international search.”
and Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing alliance between Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The book stated that Canadian intelligence did not learn of Begum’s recruitment into ISIS until four days after she left Britain, when she had already crossed the border into Syria.
The girl was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019, for national security reasons, after she left the United Kingdom for Syria to join ISIS in 2015, when she was 15 years old.
Begum pleaded last year to be allowed to return to Britain, claiming that she had committed no crime but “foolishness”.
Begum left the United Kingdom in 2015 with two friends, and married there to an ISIS militant, of Dutch origin, eight years older than her.
The young woman wanted to return to her country to request the restoration of her British citizenship, but the Supreme Court refused.
The young woman, who is currently 22, said in a previous interview: “I am ready to appear in court and confront and refute the people who made these allegations because I know that I did nothing in (IS) except to be a mother and a wife.”
Begum currently lives in a refugee camp in northern Syria, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and she gave birth to three children, all of whom died young.
Begum is due to file a new application with the Special Immigration Appeals Committee in November, according to the Guardian.
The book said that a man named Muhammad al-Rashid met Begum and two school friends, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abbasi, who were 16 years old at the time, at a bus station in Istanbul to facilitate their journey to Syria.
The book described Al-Rashed as a “double agent” and said he showed Canada details of Begum’s passport, and that dozens of others fled Britain to fight with ISIS.
The author of the book said that the British police had learned of the role of a Canadian double agent in smuggling the girls out of Britain, while “Canada has remained silent on these allegations, and has resorted to the only thing that protects all intelligence agencies, including those in Five Eyes, from embarrassment.” Possibly: secrecy.
“Canadians have covered this up for seven years,” Kerbage told the Guardian. “I think the cover-up is worse than crime in many ways here because you expect human intelligence agencies to recruit members of criminal groups and terrorist groups,” he added.
“I think they felt it was best not to discuss this because there are still British and other Western hostages in ISIS territory,” Kerbage said. If he was exposed, he was working for Canadian intelligence, it could make them panic and behead them.”
As a Western intelligence asset, Tasniemi Akunjee, a lawyer for the Begum family, said Al-Rashed was “someone who was supposed to be an ally, protecting our people, rather than trafficking British children into a war zone”. children’s lives.”
The book claims that in 2013, two years before the girls were transferred to Syria, Al-Rashed went to the Canadian embassy in Jordan to apply for asylum, and was told by Canada that he might obtain her citizenship if he collected information on ISIS activities.
He said he had taken passport photos of those he had smuggled to ISIS, arguing that identity cards were needed to buy tickets, but sent them to a Canadian intelligence agent at its embassy in Jordan.
The newspaper stated that the Turkish authorities arrested him days after facilitating the trip of the “ISIS bride” and her two friends, and that he told the authorities that he had collected information about everyone who helped them to share with the Canadian embassy in Jordan.
Speaking about Rashid, Begum said in a BBC podcast due to be broadcast soon: “He organized the whole trip from Turkey to Syria…I don’t think anyone would have been able to get to Syria without the help of the smugglers. “.