A teenage girl who fled Britain to join Islamic State has compared the Manchester Arena bombing to military assaults on Syria.
In her interview with the BBC, she said the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 were akin to the "women and children" being bombed in IS territory in Baghuz.
Her comments come as a schoolgirl who left Britain to join Isis in Syria pleas with the government to help her return home with her child.
She also has an 18-month-old son. It's one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it's fine, it's self-defence. She faltered before saying she was sorry for the innocent women and children who were killed, she then gathering herself to point out that innocent women and children were also being killed in Syria.
"It's kind of retaliation", she told the BBC. "Their [Isis's] justification [for Manchester] was that it was retaliation, so I thought, 'OK, that is a fair justification'". She pledges that she will never travel to the Middle East again, that she doesn't care if the US takes her passport. "They weren't causing any harm".
The news comes after Danny Dyer sparked controversy after claiming the ISIS schoolgirl should be allowed back into the United Kingdom so she could "explain" her actions. In a recent interview with The Times newspaper, Begum said she had previously lost two babies to illness and malnutrition.
"I realized I've made a big mistake, and I know I've ruined my future and my son's future, and I deeply, deeply regret it", Muthana told The Guardian.
The federal government should be in no hurry to bring her back, and doesn't appear to be. Each time, she was made a widow.More news: Apex Legends players banned in first 10 days
Denise Welch says Shamima Begum should not be allowed to keep her newborn baby should she return to the UK.
Muthana is the only American inside a refugee camp in Syria of 39,000 people, including 1,500 foreign women and children.
Begum made the front pages last week when she revealed she was hoping to return to the United Kingdom so she and her baby, who has since been born, could be looked after.
The two young students both crossed the Turkish border into Syria and joined ISIS.
Begum has now pleaded for "forgiveness".
The 19-year-old said: "I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the United Kingdom and settle back again and rehabilitate and that stuff". At 15, she was groomed over the internet, radicalised and then travelled to Syria to be married off to a 27 year old stranger. She added, "The poster girl thing was not my choice".
"Maybe we can understand a little bit more about how they got to her and how she felt it was the right move to jump on a plane and leave this country at 15 years of age. I'm not paying for their bullets". I don't understand what's gone on there.
She insisted to journalists that "a lot of people should have sympathy for me".
Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he anticipated she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the UK. He said: "It is nearly inconceivable that no agency has been investigated let alone held to account for the litany of failures that resulted in the Bethnal Green schoolgirls managing to travel to Isis".