Mum Flees ISIS With Child
Tareena Shakil makes miracle escape from Syria.
We sold the original story of how a young mum had run off to join ISIS with her toddler.
This follow-up front page story revealed her miraculous escape from the death cult after fleeing from Syria to Turkey.
The story was sold to The Sun newspaper.
The Only Way Is Exit
A TOWIE fan who left the UK with her toddler to join Islamic State has now fled from the jihadists in Syria.
Tareena Shakil, 25, risked being shot as she dashed to the Turkish border with her 16-month-old son Zaheem.
A pal said: “She realised when she got to Syria she had been a victim of false propaganda from IS. It’s a miracle she escaped alive.”
Terrified Tareena begged armed guards not to shoot her as she ran across te border with her toddler son and shouted: “I’m desperate.”
The Brit mum had just reached the Turkish border after a dramatic escape from the clutches of Islamic State in Syria.
She was “cut to ribbons” as she clambered over the 10ft barrier while clinging to her son
Tareena risked death to flee the IS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria — where she had gone with the promise of a new life.
But she made her dash for safety after realising she had made a terrible mistake leaving Britain.
She bribed and tricked a cabbie into giving her and Zaheem a lift towards the Turkish border.
Then, cradling her son, she sprinted a mile across a desert “no man’s land” to the fence.
As she was spotted by Turkish snipers she screamed out in Arabic: “I’m desperate, I’m desperate”.
Amazingly Zaheem was unhurt as she climbed the fence.
Last night Tareena, of Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, was being held and questioned at a Turkish detention centre in Gaziantep.
A family friend told The Sun: “It’s a miracle she escaped alive.
“Tareena realised when she got to Syria she had been a victim of false propaganda from IS.
“But trying to leave is normally a death sentence.
“She never signed up to the violence or the fighting and had hoped to escape to an idyllic life. Instead she found a living hell.”
The friend revealed Tareena hatched her escape plan after IS chiefs tried to make her become a jihadi bride.
He said: “They tried to force her to marry a man and when she refused he attacked her.
“Tareena decided she couldn’t take it any more, broke into a property and stole back her passport.
IS march in Raqqa, Syria AP
“Her family investigated a way of getting her home. However, they were advised that anyone attempting it would be killed.
“Women aren’t even allowed to travel around without men so the situation looked hopeless.
“Tareena decided to go it alone. She thought she’d be shot dead but she was so desperate she didn’t care whether she lived or died.
“The border guards didn’t fire for some reason — maybe because she was carrying her son. Her hands were hurt and her feet cut to ribbons climbing the fence.
“Looking back she says she realises she was in a terribly vulnerable position when she was tempted over to Syria.
“She had split with her husband and was alone with her son. She was easy prey.”
Tareena got out of Syria last week.
Syrian refugee camp in Gaziantep, Turkey
Zaheem’s dad Sam has flown to Turkey and hopes to bring him home while Tareena is being quizzed by security chiefs.
Her dad is flying from the UK to Turkey with her British birth certificate in an attempt to help free her.
The Sun revealed how Tareena vanished with her son in October after telling her family she was going on holiday to Spain.
She flew to Turkey, from where she travelled into Syria.
Earlier the university graduate had set up a Facebook page under the name Tameena al Amirah.
She called herself “a slave to Allah” and posted extremist messages, images of fighters and the IS black flag.
But last month she sent Sam texts saying she wanted to return home but feared arrest.
The family friend added: “Tareena wants to warn others of what it’s really like over there. She wants to stop others from making the same mistake.”
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