When asked about the enslavement and rape of Yazidi women by jihadist fighters, she replied yesterday: “Shia do the same in Iraq.”
Later she likened the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 to the “women and children” being bombed in Baghuz, where Isil fighters are currently making their last stand.
“I do feel that it’s wrong that innocent people did get killed,” she said.
“It’s one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it’s self-defence, but to kill the people like women and children…
“Just people like the women and children in Baghuz that are being killed right now unjustly, the bombings. It’s a two-way thing really.
“Because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now and it’s kind of retaliation. Like, their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought ‘OK, that is a fair justification’.”
Ms Begum said she was old enough at 15 to make her own decisions, and added that she was partly inspired by videos hostages being beheaded, and also by propaganda videos showing “the good life” under IS.
She added that she had watched videos of the murders of British hostages but did not know the names of the victims.