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UK official vows to prevent return of Britons who backed ISIS

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 4, 2019. (Reuters)
Britain’s Home Secretary has warned he’ll block the return of Britons who traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS group.

Sajid Javid’s comments come amid a furious debate about Shamima Begum, who ran away to join extremists when she was 15. Begum, who is now nine months pregnant, told The Times newspaper that she wants to come home.

Javid told the newspaper on Friday that he “will not hesitate” to prevent the return of Britons who “supported terrorist organizations abroad.” Others have appealed for mercy, noting Begum’s age when she fled.

Begum was one of three schoolgirls from London’s Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to join ISIS in 2015 at a time when the group’s online recruitment program lured teenage girls to its self-proclaimed caliphate.