Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl, served in the Islamic State’s “morality police” and also tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group, well-placed sources have told the Telegraph.
Josie EnsorAccording to sources I’ve spoken to Shamima Begum was not “just a housewife” during her time with ISIS as she made out, she was in fact working with Hisba, or the “morality police” repressing local Syrian women
Josie EnsorShamima told the Austrian girl she was trying to recruit: “Don’t believe any of the bad things you hear about Dawla (the State), it’s fake. You have everything you want here. And we can help find you a good-looking husband.”
More than 30 British children who grew up in the Islamic State are languishing in camps in Syria, including three young girls taken by their mother four years ago, a Telegraph investigation can disclose.
The last pocket of Islamic State territory has fallen, Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, marking the end of the group's "caliphate" four-and-a-half years after it was declared.
The mother sobbed uncontrollably as she carried her newborn baby to the manager of the muddy and windswept camp in northeastern Syria.
Josie EnsorSome 8 British women and at least 15 children are in these camps. More than 100 kids have died in, or trying to make it, to them. The women should have been taken back to UK for trial, the children to school. If Shamima's baby is dead it shames Britain
Human rights lawyers have today filed the first ever case against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his government at The Hague, after making a “breakthrough” in attempts to hold the regime to account.
Josie EnsorThis morning human rights lawyers filed the first ever case against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his government at The Hague, after making a “breakthrough” in attempts to hold the regime to account
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of...
Josie EnsorReally interesting details in @seldeeb's piece about what life inside Baghouz has been like for the last few weeks. Even until recently there has been an active hisba enforcing prayer time
A British Isil suspect has been freed from detention in Syria amid a growing row over whether the UK should repatriate captured jihadists.
Josie EnsorThis is the problem with leaving ISIS suspects in the hands of non-state actors in Syria and expecting justice. FSA group that was holding Brit in Jarablus tell me they tried and released him. Now, no one seems to know where he is
Khudida Haji has followed news of the battle for Islamic State’s final stronghold more closely than most.
Josie EnsorAs many have pointed out, there has been a lot of focus on ISIS this week and not a lot on its (many) victims. I went to Sheikhan in Iraq and spoke to #Yazidi families still missing relatives who say they are now losing hope they’ll ever be found
The landscape of the eastern Syrian desert is so flat that from a vantage point 300 yards away you can almost see the entirety of Islamic State’s minuscule last pocket of territory.
Josie EnsorDispatch from Deir Ezzor: One mother who had just fled ISIS territory begged on her knees for the SDF to help her son, four-year-old Mohammed, who had a gaping wound in his stomach where he was hit 10 days earlier by shrapnel
The Syrian government has been found liable for the killing of veteran conflict correspondent Marie Colvin in a £230m judgment in a US court, setting a legal precedent in holding Bashar al-Assad’s regime to account for war crimes.
Josie EnsorUS court finds Assad government liable for veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin's death in landmark $300m lawsuit
A British academic has been sentenced by an Abu Dhabi court to life in prison for “spying for the UK government”, in a shock decision which Jeremy Hunt has warned could damage relations between the two allies.
Josie Ensor"FCO know he is innocent and have made it clear to the UAE authorities that Matthew is not a spy for them. This whole case has been handled appallingly from the very beginning with noone taking Matthew’s case seriously," says Matthew Hedges's wife Daniela
The UK is refusing calls to repatriate at least nine Britons detained in Syria for links to Isil, the Telegraph has learnt, as it emerged crown prosecutors may not have the power to bring returning extremists to justice.
Josie EnsorNearly double the number of Britons are being held in Syria with suspected links to ISIS than publicly acknowledged. This includes 7 men, 2 women and 4 children. UK resisting calls from SDF and FSA to take them back. This is why… (1)
“As you can all see, there is no secret Hizbollah weapons warehouse here,” Gebran Bassil, Lebanon’s foreign minister, said wryly as he gestured down below the empty stands of the al-Ahed football stadium.
Josie EnsorOur write-up of the at-times farcical tour: Lebanon takes foreign diplomats on tour of Hezbollah 'missile sites' as it calls Netanyahu's bluff