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IS bride Shamima Begum insists she's not 'a threat' to the UK and expresses 'regret' for jihadi support

IS bride Shamima Begum has insisted she is not "a threat" to the UK and has spoken of her regret at joining the jihadi fighters in Syria.

Her comments come as debate rages around what Britain should do about its nationals who left the country to join militants but now want to return.

Speaking to ITV News from al-Hawl, a Syrian refugee camp, she said she doesn't see why Home Secretary Sajid Javid would see her as "a threat".

"I'm a 19-year-old girl with a newborn baby," she said.

"I don't have any weapons; I don't want to hurt anyone even if I did have weapons.

"He [Sajid Javid] has no proof that I'm a threat other than that I was in ISIS but that's it.

"I don't know how I would be seen as a danger.

"I'm not going to go back and provoke people to go to ISIS or anything, if anything I'm going to encourage them not to go because it's not all as it seems in their videos."

Ms Begum who gave birth to a baby boy in al-Hawl said she does not "want to put her son through" what she went through.

She said: "I do regret it because when I went, I thought I was going to make a family and I didn't realise, what they were, the things they were doing that they weren't showing on their propaganda videos that I actually do regret it.

"Even if ISIS were to gain territory all of a sudden now really quickly, I wouldn't want to go back - the things that I've learned about them recently."

Ms Begum left the UK in February 2015, with two school friends Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who were all from Bethnal Green, east London.

The three girls travelled to Turkey before crossing the border into Syria.

The 19-year-old added: "The first three years I actually didn't know a lot of the injustice that was going on to Muslims and non-Muslims in the Islamic State but now that I've learned, I don't want to go back.

"And I don't want to put my son through that either."

School friends Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, and Shamima Begum (far right) left the UK in February 2015. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

On Saturday, Justice Secretary David Gauke admitted the UK could not stop Ms Begum's return to the Britain as the Government could not make people stateless.

His comments followed the Home Secretary's warning he “will not hesitate” to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join IS.

When asked how the Government would act, Mr Gauke told ITV News: "We do have to look at these matters on a case-by-case basis but I think the priority for the government has to be protecting the British public as a whole."

In a series of interviews Ms Begum had initially said she had "no regrets" in going to Syria to join so-call IS.

But she has since pleaded with the UK to let her come back and told ITV News she is "open" to facing the consequences of her actions.

She said while her plan was to "settle down again" and start her education she was open to going to prison for a while or going on a deradicalisation course.

Her family in the UK have pleaded with the Government to treat her case as a "matter of urgency".

In a statement to ITV News they said they welcomed "an investigation into what she did while she was there under the principles of British justice".

Shamima Begum's elder sister Renu. Credit: PA

In her interview with ITV News, Ms Begum pleaded with her UK family to avoid giving up.

Admitting she had made "a mistake" going to the so-called Islamic State she said she was "really sorry" for everything she had put her family through.

She added: "I knew I was going to put them through that grief when I left. I did make that decision but now I'm just asking for forgiveness."

Men who were once part of the caliphate stand shivering in the sand in eastern Syria.