More British women who joined Islamic State identified at Syria camps - Sky sources

More Britons who joined Islamic State - mainly women - are believed to have been identified at Syrian camps in the last few days.

Sky sources say it is only thought to be a small number but there could be more British nationals who have yet to be identified.

It comes as a pregnant British schoolgirl who joined the terror group and married an IS fighter said she did not regret fleeing the UK - but wants to come home so her baby can be looked after.

Shamima Begum was tracked down by The Times to a refugee camp in northern Syria.

She fled the UK in 2015 with two other friends and said she had been living "a normal life" in the caliphate, interrupted by "bombing and stuff".

The 19-year-old is among 39,000 others who have fled fighting in Islamic State's last bastion of Baghuz in Syria.

Around 20,000 civilians, mostly IS families, were evacuated before the town came under siege last week by coalition forces who have said it is the final "decisive" battle against IS.

Sky's foreign affairs editor, Deborah Haynes, said: "In the last few days a number of other British nationals are believed to have been identified in these camps in northern Syria.

"The majority of those people are believed to be British women. I don't have names at the moment but it does give you a sign that this is not a single, isolate case. There are others.

"Obviously, the British government needs to keep an eye on the ones that are British because clearly there's a case of what to do with them, and a number of them would want to be coming back to the UK, you would imagine."

US-backed Syrian forces have been clearing Baghuz, near the Iraqi border, of any remaining IS fighters - but some still remain and are said to be fighting "fiercely".

Others have been hiding among the civilian population and trying to escape among the crowds of refugees.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said some IS fighters surrendered on Wednesday night, as the Kurdish-led force comes close to taking the last pocket of IS territory.

Ciyager Amed, an SDF official, said most of the fighters left in Baghuz were Iraqis and foreigners, and that few civilians remained.

Some of the wives of IS fighters being screened by coalition forces as they leave the area have "sustained gunshot wounds while fleeing", said British Major General Christopher Ghika.

The capture of the area around Baghuz would mark the effective end of Islamic State's influence in Syria and Iraq - where it once held large swathes of territory.

US President Donald Trump said in December he would pull all US troops out of Syria because the group was all but defeated.

However, his decision was widely criticised as premature, with critics warning the group still poses a threat.