US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday issued a statement that an Alabama woman, who was wanting to return home, will not be permitted to—she is no longer considered an American citizen. The woman had left the US and married a member of ISIS. She is now wanting to return home, with her 18-month-old son she shares with her ISIS husband, but the US has denied the request.
In a press statement, Pompeo reiterated that the US continues to advise that none of its citizens travel to Syria. He went on to say: "Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. 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.”
Muthana, 24, recently claimed to have escaped from ISIS, and after her capture by Kurdish forces, pleaded with US officials to allow her to come back to America. In an interview she had with The Guardian, she told of her last four harrowing years with the ISIS terrorist group, claiming that it had been a traumatizing time for her and that at times she "starved and literally ate grass." The interview was conducted at the refugee camp that Muthana is currently being held, northeast of Syria.
When asked during the interview what she would say to American officials, Muthana put the blame off on the fact that she was young and ignorant, being 19 when she decided to leave the country and go to Syria. Muthana first made headlines in 2015 when she left her home and family in Birmingham, Alabama to join the ISIS terrorist group.
As the time of her leaving country, her parent's attorney put the blame on her being "brainwashed" by what she saw and heard on the internet. As a result, she went against the teachings of not only her family, but her Islamic religion by sneaking away, boarding a plane to Turkey, and joining up with the bloodthirsty terrorist group in late 2014.
During Muthana’s time in ISIS, she was housed at their once-stronghold of Raqqa and was married to a total of three jihadists—one from Australia, one from Tunisia, and one from Syria. The first two husbands have since been killed in battle.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Should the US allow an individual back into the country that had their allegiance to ISIS?