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What’s the difference between Shamima Begum and Unity Mitford?

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

I’m Not a Monster; The Last Soviet

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The debate sparked by Josh Baker’s BBC podcast on Shamima Begum, and her teenage flight to join Isis, has divided opinion sharply into two camps. According to one, she was a naive 15-year-old cynically groomed by hardened operatives in the most feared terror organisation in the world. No, says the other, she was a capable girl who – knowing of Isis atrocities – made a highly determined decision to join them.

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