An American woman, Hoda Muthana, left her home state of Alabama and the U.S. to join ISIS in Syria. It has now been reported that Muthana “deeply regrets” joining the terror group and has pleaded to join her family in Alabama, saying she made a “big mistake.”
Now that her fate is in the hands of the Trump administration, the president jumped on Twitter to rant about the situation. Trump said:
‘I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!’
Controversy ensued on Twitter with a few non-Trump supporters agreeing with the president:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement, saying:
‘Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.’
Muthana, 24, was supposedly the “only Amerian” in a refugee camp in northern Syria. In 2014, she left the U.S. to join ISIS, and throughout 2015, regularly posted anti-American sentiments on Twitter.
Muthana encouraged her followers to commit acts of violence, and was captured by Kurdish fighters about six weeks ago after she fled ISIS control. Since then, she says she has regretted her actions.
According to The Guardian:
‘Speaking from al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, while her 18-month-old son played at her feet, Muthana said she misunderstood her faith, and that friends she had at the time believed they were following Islamic tenets when they aligned themselves to Isis.’
‘We were basically in the time of ignorance […] and then became jihadi, if you like to describe it that way, I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God.’
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