In a remarkable report, an ABC News correspondent met with Hoda Muthana, the 24-year-old, twice widowed, Alabama ISIS bride, in Syria where she is being held as the caliphate slowly crumbles.
Muthana, who left the U.S. four years ago to join the Islamic state, is known for using social media to encourage Americans to rise up and kill each other in the name of ISIS. She is now begging to come home.
Muthana, who now has an 18-month-old son, is being detained in eastern Syria by U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as they finish driving ISIS from the territory.
In her first television interview, the 24-year-old Alabama woman who spent four years as an “ISIS bride” told ABC News she felt shame hearing the tweets she posted when she was part of ISIS and wants to return to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son, who was born under the terror group.
But the young woman, who it was rumored may be allowed to return to the U.S. as late as Monday, now has a significant hurdle: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t believe she’s a citizen.
Pompeo’s office released a statement Wednesday that reads in part that 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.”
This prompted President Donald Trump to tweet she would not be allowed back into the U.S.
I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
While in Syria, Muthana married two ISIS fighters, both of whom later died. Her attorney maintains she in fact does have legal citizenship and blames the Trump administration for her predicament.
“The Trump administration continues its attempts to wrongfully strip citizens of their citizenship,” said Hassan Shibly, the Muthana family’s attorney, to ABC News. “Hoda Muthana had a valid US passport and is a citizen. She was born in Hackensack, NJ in October 1994, months after her father stopped being [a] diplomat.”