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State Dept. says ISIS bride begging to return to US isn’t coming back



The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a US-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the US after recently deserting the terror group, is not a US citizen and will not be allowed to return home.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a written statement that “she does not have any legal basis, no valid US passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.”

Her lawyer argues that she was born in the US, specifically New Jersey in 1994; her citizenship status prior to leaving to join ISIS remains unclear.

This undated image provided by attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online. Muthana realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, Shibly, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Hoda Muthana/Attorney Hassan Shibly via AP)
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The 24-year-old ran away to Syria in November 2014, one year after graduating from high school, to join the Islamic State. She married an ISIS fighter, gave birth to his child, and became an outspoken advocate online for violent extremism. In one egregious example from March 2015, she urged ISIS fighters to drive trucks into crowds, encouraging terrorists to spill blood on American soil.

“Go on drive bys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them,” she tweeted four years ago, when ISIS was still a force to be reckoned with. “Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them.”

She deserted the terror group, now on its last legs in Syria, six weeks ago. All three of her previous husbands, all of whom were ISIS militants, were killed. She was picked up by Kurdish forces, and since then she has been begging for forgiveness and permission to return to the US.

She told newspapers that she was “brainswashed,” explaining that life with ISIS was not as she had envisioned. “I’m really traumatized by my experience. We starved and we literally ate grass.”

“Please forgive me for being so ignorant,” she recently told the Guardian, a British newspaper. “I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East.”

But the State Department stated that she is not a citizen and, therefore, has no right to return to the US.

The UK decided on Tuesday to strip another ISIS bride, Shamima Begum, of her citizenship. The woman left her London home in 2015 to join ISIS in Syria.

Read More: Britain is stripping a teen ISIS bride of her citizenship, and she could end up in a country she says she’s never been to

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