Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can’t Return to U.S., Pompeo Says

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can’t Return to U.S., Pompeo Says

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can’t Return to U.S., Pompeo Says

Shibly said Muthana had renounced Islamic State and now wanted to return to the USA to protect her 18-month-old son regardless of legal consequences.

He released a copy of the woman's birth certificate, issued two months after her birth on October 28, 1994, to support his claim. "I didn't get any of that", she said.

But with the Islamic State group down to its last stretch of land, Muthana in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian said she had renounced extremism and wanted to return home. But the lawyer said her father had not had diplomatic status "for months" before her birth in New Jersey. She absolutely is a citizen. She's now the only American woman among 1,500 women and children at al-Hawl, a refugee camp in northern Syria.

Muthana's father was a Yemeni diplomat to the USA, according to reports, and the children of diplomats are not typically granted birthright citizenship since diplomats are considered under the jurisdiction of their own country.

Britain asserted that she was entitled for Bangladeshi citizenship due to her heritage, but the Dhaka government on Wednesday denied that she was eligible, leading her to become effectively stateless. "She is not entitled to US citizenship", he said.

"Americans wake up!" she tweeted after the death of her first husband, terrorist Suhan Rahman.

Muthana, who says she dodged sniper fire and roadside bombs to escape, is ready to pay the penalty for her actions but wants freedom and safety for the son, her lawyer said. "Now I'm anxious about my son's future", she told the newspaper, describing herself as having been "brainwashed".

US President Donald Trump has contemplated reopening the US military base at Guantanamo Bay to take in new foreign inmates. "She's very resentful to them for having misguided her and having brainwashed her and manipulated her and really destroying her life", Mr Shibly said.

"It's possible she may not be a citizen, but that depends upon what was true at the time she was born and not just what the president says today".

"I don't know if there are many Americans right now who hate ISIS as much as Hoda does", Shibly said.

The administration's official position on American ISIS fighters captured overseas is that they should be repatriated to the United States and prosecuted.

In Muthana's case, both sides are at odds over whether the woman, who was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, was ever a US citizen in the first place.

When he was killed, she married a second, who is the father of her son.

"It's kind of heartbreaking to read", a teary Begum, 19, told an ITV News reporter who showed her a copy of the letter.

Laughing, she said that she and "200 other brides" were kept in a room at a time and told who to pick from the list.

Muthana grew up in Hoover, Alabama, and left the USA traveling to Syria to join ISIS in 2014.

Hoda Muthana, 24, left her home in Alabama in 2014 to marry an Islamic State fighter in Syria.

In a recent handwritten note obtained by CNN from a family representative, Hoda Muthana writes, "When I left to Syria I was a naive, angry, and arrogant young woman".

After spending two nights in the desert, she was captured by Kurdish forces and taken to the refugee camp in Northern Syria where she is now.

Muthana blamed her grief over her first husband's death for the hateful tweets she posted - which included urging followers in the USA to "rent a big truck and drive all over" people at Memorial Day parades and to attack then-President Barack Obama.

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