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Update: President Trump denies American ISIS recruiter re-entry into the U.S.



In a tweet Wednesday, President trump has instructed his Secretary of State to deny Hoda Muthana entry back into the U.S.

Ivana Hrynkiw
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

A Hoover woman who traveled to Syria and joined ISIS wants to come back home, according to a recent interview.

In an interview with The Guardian released Monday morning, Hoda Muthana said she “deeply regrets” joining the Islamic State.

“I don’t know, I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God,” she said in the recorded interview. “And when I came here and saw everything with my own eyes I realized I’ve made a big mistake.”

According to a report from The Guardian, Muthana was captured by Kurdish forces after fleeing the last area of land controlled by ISIS and is currently in a refugee camp in northern Syria. She has an 18-month-old son, the report said.

Muthana said in the recorded interview she “ruined [her] future and [her] son’s future.” She also told the news outlet she and other recruits joined ISIS because they were “ignorant” and “brainwashed.”

According to a report from USA Today, Muthana was married three times in Syria. Her first two husbands died fighting for ISIS, and she is believed to be the only American woman inside the al-Hawl refugee camp. Her current legal status is not clear, the report said, and immigration officials have not commented about her case.

In November 2014, Muthana abandoned her family and fled to Syria to join the radical Islamic group. She was quiet and reserved in the halls of Hoover High School, a former classmate said. She graduated in 2013, and briefly attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham before leaving the country.

Muthana told her family she was traveling to Atlanta for a school trip. Instead, inspired by Islamic State radicals she had met online, Muthana left Atlanta on her way to Turkey before going to Syria. When she arrived, Muthana became a recruiter for ISIS on Twitter.

Muthana, whose family is Muslim but does not agree with the extreme views of ISIS, began delving more into jihadist interpretations of Islam that she found on the Internet after she graduated from Hoover High School and started college at UAB, according to an article published on BuzzFeed.

A family spokesperson, Hassan Shibly spoke in 2015 at the mosque where the Muthana family attends after the woman fled. He said the family was “extremely traumatized” for months and has been in contact with law enforcement and government officials since she disappeared while also pleading with their daughter to return home.

“For them this is worse than losing the life of a child, to have them join such a horrible, horrible gang of violent extremists,” Shibly said. “Nothing can describe the pain they are facing.”

Shibly is an attorney and chief executive director for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said the family isn’t sure when Muthana made contact with ISIS militants, she withdrew from the Muslim community in Birmingham more than a year before her disappearance.

“The reason she withdrew from the community is because the Muslim community is very vocal against groups like ISIS … she made the decision based on her communication online with them that she wanted to join them,” Shibly said.


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  1. Leave her there. She is muslim and belongs there not in the west. Her family needs deportation so they can join her. They are not Americans. Why would anyone want her in the west? She if American should be tried for treason and hung or whatever happens to traitors. However she is not American and therefore can stay in the middle east where she comes from.

    • You have a couple things wrong. Just because she or her family is Muslim, doesn’t mean they can’t live here in the West. If you truely felt that way about Muslims, then we don’t belong here either. The Natives do. Specifically she doesn’t deserve to come back yes, but her family doesn’t deserve to be deported. You just sound so silly to believe that people don’t belong somewhere based on religion. Oh and by the way. I am a Marine who actually served the country..also you know how many Muslims have fought and died for our country.

      • Ahahaha! You are so funny(In a great way)! Bro, I thought I had you zeroed in and behold you, my friend, are a true blue US Marine! Semper Fidelis, DD!
        GOD bless you and all good people.
        from a brother from another mother,
        PC Moodie.
        Ps: OoofahhkinRahhh!

  2. Sometimes saying I’m sorry just is not enough. It would be hard to trust her as an American citizen again, she double cross us once just what’s to stop her from doing it? Who’s to say she not just a plant?

    • No, then we have to pay for her for the rest of her life which will presumably be long since she’s young. Much better to do what they’re doing her and leave her there and say good riddance!


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