A British jihadi bride who misplaced an arm in an air strike resides in a £500,000 council home and has been fitted with a prosthetic limb, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Samia Hussein was injured when coalition forces launched an assault on a weapons retailer subsequent to her dwelling within the Syrian metropolis of Raqqa, which was underneath the management of Islamic State.
The 27-year-old, who joined the fear group in 2015, was arrested when she arrived again in Britain in February 2020.
It’s not identified how the unreal arm was funded, however one in every of Hussein’s kinfolk mentioned: ‘It’s from the NHS, positively’
The Metropolitan Police final night time mentioned she had not been charged with any offence however remained ‘underneath investigation’.
It’s not identified how the unreal arm was funded, however one in every of Hussein’s kinfolk mentioned: ‘It’s from the NHS, positively.’
Hussein, who was born and grew up in London, moved to the Kenyan capital Nairobi in round 2012 to review for her A-levels, residing along with her stepfather.
She subsequently enrolled on a level course in journalism at the US Worldwide College in Nairobi in 2014, months after IS declared its caliphate stretching between Syria and Iraq.
She began watching IS propaganda movies with college buddies and, in accordance with her personal account, was being groomed on-line by terror chiefs on the similar time.
It’s understood Hussein left Kenya and entered Syria through Turkey in early 2015. Chatting with impartial film-maker Alan Duncan, who has made a three-part documentary about IS, she mentioned she first stayed in a ‘madhafa’, or guesthouse, for IS ladies within the city of Manbij, which was nicknamed ‘Little London’ due to the big numbers of British jihadis residing there.
She began watching IS propaganda movies with college buddies and, in accordance with her personal account, was being groomed on-line by terror chiefs on the similar time
Newly arrived ladies had been compelled to remain in a madhafa till they married an IS man. Hussein mentioned she wed a fighter known as Abu Suleiman, who was also referred to as Abu Maryam, and the couple lived in Manbij for six months earlier than transferring to Raqqa.
Following the air strike, she spent seven months in hospital the place her arm was amputated. She additionally misplaced a breast and suffered extreme leg accidents.
Hussein was captured in the course of the battle of Baghouz – the final IS stronghold in Syria – in early 2019 and was detained on the al-Hol jail camp, the place she was interviewed by Duncan that Could.
Talking about her time with the fear group, she instructed him: ‘At that age , it was a weak age you’re in, looking for a goal in life… I left my profession of being a journalist, most likely working for Al-Jazeera.
‘It’s unhappy that for actually 4 years, 4 years went down the drain… I left every little thing, considering I used to be coming for a greater trigger.
‘The Islamic State, they take your thoughts. They present the great aspect of what they’re doing, and also you see nothing else in any respect.’ However Hussein joined IS at a time when the group had already captured hundreds of Yazidi ladies and brought them as intercourse slaves. In the meantime, its British executioner Mohamed Emwazi, also referred to as Jihadi John, had beheaded 5 Western hostages on digital camera.
Such horrific information was being broadcast on information channels internationally, together with Kenya, which Hussein would have seen. When requested about IS’s sickening violence, Hussein mentioned: ‘I didn’t do something. I performed no half in it, OK.’
Hussein mentioned she wished to go away IS as quickly as she entered Syria, however feared she can be killed and was successfully saved in opposition to her will.
However when she was requested in the identical interview in regards to the 2017 Manchester Enviornment bombing, which left 22 – primarily youngsters – lifeless, she described them as ‘victims of struggle’. Hussein flew again to Britain 18 months in the past and was arrested at Heathrow Airport underneath anti- terrorism legal guidelines. She was launched shortly after her arrest and has since been free to roam the streets of Britain, regardless of spending virtually 5 years with IS.
She resides in a new-build council home with members of her household in West London, the place related properties price between £500,000 and £600,000.
The MoS final week tracked her all the way down to the property the place she was seen wearing trendy Western garments, other than an Islamic head-dress. No digital tag was seen, suggesting her actions weren’t being monitored by the police.
It’s understood that Hussein was fitted with the prosthetic arm, which prices round £3,000 and hundreds of kilos extra in consultants’ charges and physio aftercare, shortly after arriving again in Britain. She acquired her synthetic limb at a time when the NHS was struggling a number of the worst backlogs in its historical past due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charities supporting amputees mentioned the typical ready time for a brand new limb was a couple of month to 6 weeks earlier than the coronavirus outbreak. However after the pandemic crippled NHS companies, ready occasions turned months lengthy.
When the MoS tried chatting with Hussein at her home final week, a lady got here to the door and instructed our reporter that no such particular person lived there. One other lady, considered Hussein, shouted by means of the entrance window: ‘I’ll name the police in the event you don’t go away – I’ll name the police.’
Neighbours on the road mentioned Hussein lived on the tackle when proven photos of her, including that the household had been residing there for the previous two years.
A relative of Hussein, who didn’t wish to be named, mentioned she had a prosthetic arm fitted a couple of 12 months in the past, round three months after her return to the UK.
Requested if it had been paid for by a benefactor, he replied: ‘No, no, no, it’s from the NHS, positively.’
Since her return, he mentioned, Hussein has been present process ‘Authorities training lessons’, which is believed to be the Stop deradicalisation programme that returnees are required to bear.
The relative added: ‘The Authorities is concerned anyway. So she’s bought lessons that she indicators with them. So they’re concerned, as a result of she was very younger when she was taken [to Syria].
‘She bought brainwashed anyway, and so they discovered a solution to deliver her again. Truly, the British Authorities introduced her again.’
Final night time, Tory MP Tom Hunt mentioned: ‘When you went to Syria to affix IS, which was and is an avowed enemy of this nation, then you may have abdicated your British citizenship. You shouldn’t be allowed to come back again, not to mention be put in a council home and given costly therapies on the NHS.’
The 27-year-old, who joined the fear group in 2015, was arrested when she arrived again in Britain in February 2020
Neighbours on the road mentioned Hussein lived on the tackle when proven photos of her, including that the household had been residing there for the previous two years
Fellow Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added: ‘I simply hope this lady has been totally assessed and she or he doesn’t pose a menace to nationwide safety or her neighbours.’ Though Britain has banned former London schoolgirl Shamima Begum from returning to the UK by stripping her of her citizenship, many others have been quietly allowed to return to the nation.
Tareena Shakil, 31, a former well being employee from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was arrested on terrorism expenses after coming back from Syria and was jailed for six and a half years in 2016. Throughout her time in Syria, she triggered outrage again in Britain by posting photos of her 14-month-old son on social media carrying an IS bandana.
Two different British IS ladies – recognized in courtroom solely as C3 and C4 – had their citizenship stripped in November 2019, however gained their proper to come back again right here final March, after the Excessive Court docket restored their UK nationality.
Round 450 British jihadis have returned to the UK from Syria. A BBC investigation final week revealed that of these, solely 14 – lower than 3 per cent – have been convicted of terror offences.
The Residence Workplace estimates at the very least 950 British extremists went to affix the Syrian jihad.