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#WATCH: British Bangladeshi mom admits: ‘ISIS was just not my cup of team”.

A British-Bangladeshi woman who fled the Islamic State group with her five children after travelling to Syria described the experience as "not my cup of tea" in an interview on Wednesday.

Shukee Begum, 33, travelled to Syria with her children to find her husband Jamal al-Harith, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who left Britain 18 months ago to join the group, Channel 4 news reported.

A law graduate from northern England, Begum insists she only travelled to convince her husband to return and never supported the IS militants, who have carved out regions of control in Iraq and Syria.

"I was seeing on the news at this point that ISIS was going from bad to worse... So I decided that I was going to try and speak some sense into him," she told Channel 4 news, referring to Islamic State by an alternative name.

At first, Begum lived in a overcrowded safe house in the IS-controlled city of Raqqa with dozens of other women and children, many "crying" and "sick".

"There was a gangster kind of mentality among single women there. Violent talk, talking about war, killing," Begum said.

"They would sit together and huddle around their laptops and watch ISIS videos together and discuss them and everything. It was just not my cup of tea."

After she was reunited with her husband, who refused to help her leave, IS authorities would not allow her to go, Begum added.

"This is what I want to make clear as well to other women thinking of coming into ISIS territory -- that you can't just expect to come into ISIS territory and then expect that you can just leave again easily," Begum said.

"There is no personal autonomy there at all."

She was smuggled out of the territory before being held captive in the city of Aleppo, and is now living close to the border with Turkey and hopes to move back to Britain, Channel 4 reported.

Hundreds of Britons are thought to have travelled to join the IS group.

A report released last month indicated that dozens of fighters have defected from the group, which has become notorious for beheadings and blowing up ancient Syrian monuments, often due to disillusionment over killing fellow Sunni Muslims and civilians.

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#Clarity: ‘Western media outlets are rewarding Islamic State’s violence’ – Deeyah

By her own admission, award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan loves to talk.

But whilst that is not an exception in an age when everyone and his urban fox has something to say about everything, the clarity and purpose Deeyah brings to her arguments marks her out from the talking head policy-makers, and campaigners.

As a filmmaker, that clarity was first evident in her powerful documentary debut ‘Banaz – A Love Story’ about the life and death of Banaz Mahmood, the young British-Iraqi teenager who was killed by her own family in a so-called ‘Honour Killing’.

In Deeyah’s hands, Banaz’s story took on a uniquely horrifying lucidity which can only be attributed to the fact that Deeyah herself had suffered for years at the hands of her own fiercely patriarchal British-Punjabi-Pashto community.

Now she’s back with ‘JIHAD – A British Story’, an equally powerful examination of radicalization – an issue that, according to Deeyah, ultimately stems from the same patriarchy that destroyed Banaz Mahmod’s life.

Deeyah’s clarity is once again on full display as she delves into why young Muslim men and women – many born and raised in the West – become radicalized and flee abroad to fight for the likes of Islamic State.

For ‘JIHAD’, Deeyah spent two years speaking to leading figures of the British jihad of the last three decades – men who went abroad to fight in conflicts in Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia and Iraq then returned to train young Muslims across the UK and West.

It is an extraordinary film, made even more remarkable by the fact that Deeyah - a woman who campaigns for equality and secularism – managed to gain access into the forbidding world of the Jihadi movement, and reveals a world built on fear, be it the kind spread by those in power or the reactionaries who prey on the disaffected.

Most importantly of all, ‘JIHAD’ is a desperate plea by someone who has a startlingly clear understanding of the machinations that take place inside the communities that have fallen victim to bloodlust of all kinds.

Hear Deeyah herself explain:

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