Update, Feb. 21, 2019:
Hoda Muthana was misidentified as an American when this article was originally published. Since the article’s publication, the State Department released a statement clarifying that Muthana “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.” Her family denies the claim, saying she was born in New Jersey and at one time acquired a U.S. passport.
The article also initially said that President Donald Trump has advocated for European nations to take back Islamic State fighters and put them on trial. While he has done so, Trump made his position on Muthana’s return to the United States clear on Feb. 20: “I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!”
The Islamic State is in shambles.
The self-styled caliphate once attracted fighters from around the world with a worrying blend of radical Islam and social media prowess. Now, around 300 fighters on a tiny speck of Syrian desert is nearly all that remains of the terror group.
After years of brutal conquest, the slow defeat of the Islamic State saw the group hemorrhage thousands of people.
Some were disillusioned fighters, upset at the pummeling their so-called caliphate was taking. Others who fled include young women “brainwashed” into joining the bloody organization, like Hoda Muthana.
Muthana, who left the United States in 2014, is currently in a migrant camp in Syria just two hours away from the final battle to destroy the terrorist group, The Guardian reported.
Her time in the Islamic State has been horrific.
“I’m really traumatised by my experience. We starved and we literally ate grass,” she told The Guardian.
Muthana had three husbands in her short time there and even gave birth to a son.
Now, Muthana’s desperate to return to her family in Alabama.
“I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave,” she said. “I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East.”
This is a far cry from what was once posted on her Twitter account. Posts to the account called for destructive violence and attacks like those seen in Europe. Muthana claimed her account was taken over, presumably by terrorists in the Islamic State.
“Go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them,” one tweet said.
The problem of returning Islamic State fighters has been a political hot topic for the last few years.
While some believe there should be repatriation for all except those who directly took part in terrorism, others want to hold those people accountable for helping the Islamic State grow to the size it did.
President Donald Trump has called on European nations to accept those who want to return and then “put them on trial.”
The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
Trump has already bombed the terrorist group into the stone age — now it’s his chance to lead again as the world finally puts the threat of the Islamic State out to pasture.
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