A federal judge ruled that an ‘American’ ISIS bride who said she was sorry for joining the terror group and wanted to come back to America is not a U.S. citizen.
Hoda Muthana, 25, is from Alabama. She left college in 2014 and traveled to Syria after being radicalized by ISIS online. She became a prominent ISIS recruiter, working the organization’s social media and encouraging Muslims to commit terror attacks in America.
She advocated drive-by shootings and attempting to assassinate former President Barack Obama.
Muthana has since apologized and wants to come back with her 2-year-old son, saying she would be willing to face charges in America.
The Obama administration cancelled her U.S. passport in 2016. Later, the State Department under President Trump ruled that she wasn’t a citizen and said she would not be allowed to return to the country.
Her family, who took her case to court, contended she was an American citizen and should be allowed to return along with her son.
Muthana’s father came to the country as a diplomat from Yemen. However, the law is that children born in the U.S. to diplomats are not granted U.S. citizenship. Muthana’s father left his diplomatic post a number a months before she was born, but the U.S. was not notified of the change until after she was born.
Therefore, the judge in the case ruled that Muthana was not a citizen of the U.S. and thus, had no right to return. The judge also ruled that Muthana’s family cannot provide any financial support to their daughter or grandson or they would face charges of providing material support to terrorism.
Meanwhile, Turkey has begun making good on their threat to send foreign ISIS fighters back to their home countries, deporting one American, one Brit and nine Germans.
The American was sent to Greece, where he was refused entry and left stranded in a “buffer zone” between the countries for a number of days.
The Brit was arrested upon arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport on “Syrian-related” terror charges.
Meanwhile in Germany, while Chancellor Angela Merkel stated, “We would like to ensure that these persons do not pose a threat,” German security sources said that the nine deportees would not be arrested immediately upon arrival in Germany because there was not enough evidence to issue warrants against them.
In related developments, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to take back 56 children whose parents left the country to join the Islamic State. The children are currently in two different camps in Syria.
In the UK, Home Secretary Priti Patel, along with several other ministers, canceled an operation that would have brought British orphans and unaccompanied minors out of Syria and back to the UK.