British Mother Who Took Toddler to Syria Convicted of Joining ISIS

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
January 30, 2016 Updated: January 31, 2016

A British mother who traveled to Syria and back with her infant son has been found guilty of having joined the ISIS terrorist group. It’s the first time that a British national who returned from ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate has been convicted, BBC reports.

Tareena Shakil, 26, was also convicted of encouraging acts of terrorism through messages posted on social media.

She denied those charges, but admitted that she did travel to Syria.

 

The jury was shown pictures of Shakil on social media, which showed her posing with her son and guns while in ISIS garb, calling on people to “take up arms.”

Shakil had left England in October of 2014, and left ISIS territory in January of 2015.

She had told her family that she was taking a vacation in Turkey, but slipped over the border into Syria, the Guardian reports.

Shakil is due to be sentenced on Monday.

Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.