US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that an Alabama woman who had joined the Islamic State but now wanted to return home with her 18-month-old son who was not married. she had with her husband, would not be admitted to the United States, claiming that she was not American. citizen.
"Mrs. Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted to the United States," said Pompeo in a statement, "She has no legal basis, no valid US passport, no passport, nor any visa to travel to the US We continue to urge all US citizens not to visit Syria. "
THE WOMAN ALABAMA WHO JOINED THE ISIS BEGINNING TO RETURN HOME
Muthana, 24, begged authorities to let her return to the United States after her recent escape from the Islamic State and its capture by Kurdish forces. She was born in 1994 in Hackensack, New Jersey.
She is currently being held in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria and told the Guardian, in an interview, that her last four years with the terrorist group had been a traumatic experience in which "we had hungry and we had literally eaten grass.
"I would tell them to forgive me for being so ignorant. I was very young and I was not unaware and I was 19 years old when I decided to leave, "she told the paper when she asked him if she had a message to send to the US authorities.
Muthana made headlines in 2015 after learning that she had left her family in Birmingham, Alabama to join the bloodthirsty terrorist group.
According to the Associated Press, a lawyer representing her parents at the time said that Muthana had been "brainwashed" on the Internet, and that she had gone to the hospital. against the wish of his family and the teachings of Islam by secretly boarding a plane for Turkey in late 2014 with ISIS.
The lawyer then said, but it was not until Sunday – during her interview with The Guardian – that Muthana herself admitted that she had been "brainwashed" and had committed a "serious" fault".
ALABAMA WOMAN RECRUITED IN ISIS
"I thought I was doing things right for God's sake," she said, adding that she had "been brainwashed once and my friends still are."
According to the newspaper, Muthana lived in her former stronghold of Raqqa and was married to jihadists from Australia, Tunisia and Syria, the first two of whom were killed in action.
In 2015, Muthana allegedly exploited a Twitter account and attempted to use it to incite Americans to commit acts of violence between themselves on holidays.
"Americans wake up! Men and women in everything. You have a lot to do while you live under our greatest enemy, but you sleep enough! She wrote once, according to The Guardian. "Go to the bodyshell and pour all their blood, or rent a big truck and roll on it. Veterans, patriots, Memorial Day, etc. … Kill them. "
Muthana now has an 18 month old son from one of his ISIS weddings. In her interview with The Guardian, Muthana also claims that her parents were too strict about her in her education, a factor that she said contributed to her decision to move to ISIS.
"You want to go out with your friends and I have not had anything of that," she says. "I turned to my religion and went too hard. I was self-taught and I thought everything I read was correct. "
Now, Muthana is not allowed to leave the camp in which she is being held and must be escorted by Kurdish fighters, more than 6,500 km from the city of Alabama where she had once called her home .
Greg Norman and Nick Kalman of Fox News contributed to this report.