Shamima Begum said her jihadi husband Shamima has declined to condemn ISIS’s beheadings or use of sexslavs, but he hopes for a caliphate. 

Yago Riedijk (199), a Kurdish-run prisoner in northern Syria, spoke out about the couple’s “beautiful” past life as extremists.

He claimed that ISIS’s attacks against the West weren’t ‘Islamicly Responsible’ as they involved the killing of innocent people, which is prohibited in Islam. However, he refused to condemn ISIS’ violence against Yazidis who were used as sex slaves and other Muslims. 

Riedijk was also silent about ISIS beheadings. He said only that he couldn’t comment when asked to.  

Later, the 29-year old said that he didn’t believe ISIS had been defeated and that he still desired to see an Islamic caliphate.

He smiled as he spoke about married life with Begum in the caliphate and described ‘beautiful memories’ of baking cakes as a family.   

Begum, a Dutch extremist, married Begum just days after arriving in Syria in 2015. Begum was 15 years old when she came from East London. Together, the couple had three children, who all died. 

Begum is held in the Kurdish-run Refugee Camp al-Roj, northern Syria. This comes amid a continuing struggle to return to Britain after being stripped of her citizenship in Feb 2019.

Riedijk is being held in al-Roj detention centre. Riedijk was sentenced in the Netherlands in 2018 to six years imprisonment for his participation in an extremist group.

Riedijk married Shamima Begum (pictured with her son Jerah in 2019), days after she arrived in Syria from East London, aged 15, in 2015 and the couple had three children together, all of whom have died

Shamima Begum, Riedijk’s daughter, was married to Shamima Beum, just days after arriving in Syria in 2015. She arrived from East London in 2015, at the age of 15, and they had three children.

Begum (pictured) is being held in Kurdish-run refugee camp al-Hol in northern Syrian amid an ongoing battle to return to the UK after she was stripped of her citizenship in February 2019

Begum (pictured) is held in the Kurdish-run Refugee Camp al-Hol, northern Syrian. This happens amid an ongoing fight to get back to the UK.

Riedijk spoke to Alan Duncan who is a Scots veteran and making a documentary about ISIS. He said that he didn’t agree with ISIS’ terror attacks against Germany, France, and the UK, as they were involving killing ‘innocent persons’. 

“Personally, these attacks are not right for me because of a few reasons. Islam prohibits the killing of innocent Muslims, children and women.

These attacks are not Islamically responsible, according to me [sic]He said, ” 

Riedijk however refused to comment on the Yazidis being attacked by Muslims or Yazidis, who were then sold to ISIS as sexslaves.

ISIS has more than 2,800 Yazidi girls and boys still missing. 

Riedijk revealed that he had discussed the possibility of marrying Begum in person with Begum upon her arrival in Syria in 2015. 

It was nothing major. You can do small things such as going shopping. She requested some liberties, and I was willing to grant them. Shopping, visiting friends. He said that basic stuff is all you need.

Begum requested a dowry for an English translation, and he accepted. 

As Begum gave birth to their second child, Jalah, he smiled as he remembered the family’s baking of cakes for money. 

“There were many nice times with my wife, and our children at home. He shared some beautiful memories. 

The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, Yago Riedijk, (pictured) has described 'beautiful memories' of their family life under the ISIS caliphate in an interview from prison

Shamima Begum’s Dutch husband Yago Riedijk has, in prison, described their “beautiful memories” of family life during the ISIS caliphate.

Begum said previously she still loves Riedijk (pictured) very much and fears she'll never see him again

Riedijk, pictured in the Netherlands in 2011, also disclosed that he had discussed the possibility of marriage with Begum upon her arrival in Syria in 2015. They agreed to terms before the couple tied the knot.

Riedijk claimed that it was hard for him to believe Begum went through two miscarriages and then gave birth to his three children. Riedijk spoke out about his first miscarriage and said, “It was difficult for me to bear.” He said, “I’m a family-man, I love my family and I love my children.”

Begum, he added, became pregnant shortly after the first miscarriage and then lost the baby the second time.  

According to Begum, he spoke more to Begum than he did to Begum when he was living in the caliphate. However, a 29-year old added that despite being in the caliphate, he still communicated with his family. 

Riedijk refused to make any comment on Begum’s views regarding ISIS’s executions and punishments. However, he said that seeing dead bodies on the streets was a disturbing sight and refused to condemn it. 

He said, “I cannot really comment.”  

He described death as part and parcel of daily living, and blamed the coalition bombing on the deaths of innocent Muslims. 

Riedijk was asked if ISIS had been defeated. He later replied that he wanted to see an Islamic caliphate.

Begum was among three Bethnal Green Academy schoolgirls who joined ISIS shortly after Sharmeena Begum (who is not related) travelled to Syria on December 2014.

Kadiza Sultana, 15 and Amira Abase were 16 respectively when they joined Begum for a flight from London, Istanbul, and then made their way to Syria.

Shamima Begum (centre) was one of three schoolgirls (pictured) from Bethnal Green Academy who went to join ISIS in 2015

Shamima Begum, centre (pictured), was one of three Bethnal Green Academy schoolgirls who joined ISIS in 2015.

Begum and two girls flew to Istanbul from Gatwick then helped by ISIS traffickers through Turkey to Syria

Begum, two of her daughters flew from Gatwick to Istanbul. They were then assisted by ISIS terrorists through Turkey to Syria.

Begum, who was 19 years old and pregnant, resurfaced in a Syrian refugee camp early 2019, and stated that she would like to go back to Britain.

She said that she didn’t regret joining ISIS and that it had helped her become stronger and more tougher.

It was clear that she had known the group would execute beheadings or executions long before she went, but she said she wasn’t worried about it.

‘I had my children. I had fun there. She said that things became more difficult and she had to go.

Also, she revealed that Raqqa was her last home in January 2017. However, her two children (a girl aged one and a boy three months old) had since passed away.

Later, the baby boy that she was carrying died at the hands of a Syrian camp. Reports suggest that he suffered from respiratory difficulties.

In September, a dolled-up Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain and begged the UK public for forgiveness and to be allowed to return

A dolled up Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain in September and asked the UK public to forgive her and allow her to return.

Begum is being held at the al-Roj refugee camp in northern Syria, where she is faced with 'dire conditions', according to her legal team

Begum is currently being held in the al-Roj refugee camps in northern Syria. She is facing ‘dire circumstances’ according to her legal team.

Begum’s case was a topic of great political debate in Britain. Sajid Javid (then home secretary) revoked Begum’s British citizenship in February 2019 on national security grounds.

In 2020, she challenged the decision of the government. The Court of Appeal decided that she could only appeal if allowed into the United Kingdom.

The ruling was later reversed by the Supreme Court and Begum was forbidden from returning to the UK to dispute the matter.  

A dolled up Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain in September and asked for forgiveness from the UK public to allow her to return. 

Surprisingly, she also offered to assist Boris Johnson in his government’s fight against extremism or terrorism.    

Timeline: Shamima Begum lost her British citizenship to become a jihadi bride.


  • February 17,Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase leave east London at 8 am to fly to Istanbul, Turkey from Gatwick Airport. Their families report Begum and Abase missing later that day.
  • February 18 Sultana has been reported missing by the police
  • February 20,The Metropolitan Police launched a public appeal to find out more about the disappearance of missing teenage girls from Syria.  Met expressed concern that some of the girls missing may have fled ISIS. 
  • February 21,Police think the girls could still be in Turkey, four days after their disappearance. 
  • February 22, Abase Hussen, Abase’s father claims that his daughter said she was planning to attend a wedding the day after she vanished. 
  • March 10The girls allegedly stole jewellery to pay for their travel expenses.


  • August 2016Sultana was 17 years old at the time. She is believed to have been murdered in Raqqa by a Russian air strike that destroyed her home.


  • February 13, 2009 Begum tells Anthony Loyd, then 19-year-old, that she would like to go back to the UK in order to have her third child.
  • Begum, speaking from al-Hawl refugee Camp in northern Syria tells the paper that she’s not the same foolish 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bethnal Green who ran away four years back. I’m not regretting coming here.
  • February 15 Sajid Javid, Home Secretary says that he will not hesitate to stop the return of Britons to IS.
  • February 17, Begum is blessed with her third child, a boy named Jarrah. Two of her other children, Sarayah, and Jerah were both born before she died.
  • February 19, 2009Begum’s family receives a notice from the Home Office stating its intention to cancel her British citizenship.
  • February 20,Begum was shown the letter from the Home Office by ITV News and describes it as unfair. 
  • February 22,Begum’s family writes to Mr Javid to ask for help in bringing her baby boy to Britain. Renu Begum’s sister Shamima wrote on behalf of her family that the child was innocent and should be allowed to grow up in safety.
  • Ende FebruaryBegum moves to al-Roj Camp in northern Syria after being threatened by threats made to her life at al-Hawl.
  • March 7,Jarrah is killed three weeks after his birth.
  • March 19 Begum’s lawyers challenge her decision to withdraw her citizenship.
  • April 1,Begum stated that she was brainwashed by her parents and she wanted to “go back to Britain for another chance to begin my life all over again.” 
  • May 4,Bangladesh’s foreign Minister Abdul Momen has said Begum might face the death penalty for her involvement in terrorist acts if she travels to Bangladesh. She also claimed that Bangladesh did not have anything to do with Begum.  
  • September 29,Priti Patel, the Home Secretary says she won’t let Begum go back to the UK. 
  • October 22-25Begum files a legal appeal in London against the denial of British citizenship. Tom Hickman, Begum’s barrister, QC, argues that the decision renders her illegally stateless and exposes her to a “real risk” of torture or even death.


  • February 7, – SIAC rules on Begum’s legal challenge.
  • July 16 – Court of Appeal rules on the case and finds in Begum’s favour.
  • November 23 – Supreme Court hears case. 


February 26, Supreme Court denies that she can enter the UK and fight for British citizenship.