ISIS bride says she deserves a second chance to return to the US
A woman born in the United States who claims she regrets joining ISIS has again appealed to come home from the refugee camp where she lives in Syria with her young son because the life there is hard.
Last Saturday, Muthana said in an interview with NBC News that she “regrets every single thing” done by ISIS, which she joined in 2014 after endorsing extremist ideology while living in Alabama with her parents.
“Anyone that believes in God believes that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how harmful their sins were,” Muthana said.
In late 2014, Muthana left her home in suburban Alabama and resurfaced in Syria where she used social media to advocate violence against the United States. She married three jihadists from ISIS, all of whom died in battle.
She was actively involved in ISIS propaganda according to the Counter Extremism Project. In America, she also encouraged jihadists to “go on drive-bys and spill all their blood.”
Muthana approved of the attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine’s offices in France in 2015, which killed 12 people.
In February, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the young woman is not a citizen and will not be admitted to the country.
She was part of a network of young Muslims that used Twitter to soak up extremist ideas before she fled. She said they had been brainwashed and interpreted what predatory leaders of ISIS had told them.