ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, 28, who called for 'killing Americans' begs she be allowed to return to US
QAMISHLI, SYRIA: An American ISIS bride, who ran away from her home in Hoover, Alabama, in 2014 to join the Islamic State and called on extremists to "spill blood of Americans," has reportedly begged that she be allowed to return home, claiming she was a victim of trafficking.
Hoda Muthana claimed she regretted everything she did, except for her young son, Adam, whom she conceived with her second husband. "Of course, I regret coming here. If I could take it back I would do it in a heartbeat," 28-year-old told The News Movement in a rare interview from the Roj Detention Camp in Syria. She said that she was "victim" of the terrorist group, adding that she was 'brainwashed' by online traffickers into joining the group in 2014.
Muthana is currently a prisoner alongside other ISIS brides at the aforementioned camp as a lawyer in the US is trying to bring her back to the US. "One of the worst feelings I ever had was someone telling me I wasn't an American citizen," Muthana reportedly said. She also claimed that she would serve her time in prison if she was allowed to return to the US. She reportedly said, "I'm hoping my government looks at me as someone young at the time and naïve." She said that she "will be an advocate against this," after being rescued from Syria. She described life at the prison as "basically the same day on repeat for four years — the only change is your child growing."
Muthana was born in New Jersey to Yemeni immigrants and had a US passport. In 2014, she left her conservative Muslim household to join the IS. She told her family she was going on a school trip but flew to Turkey and crossed into Syria instead. Muthana then married three ISIS militants, two of whom died fighting the US-led coalition. Since then, she has time and again voiced her enthusiastic support for the extremists.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, she told reporter Ellie Hall that it was the duty of all true Muslims to join her and wage war on the West. She also used her social media to spread hatred against non-Muslims and called for terror attacks in the country of her birth. As reported earlier, a 2015 tweet from her now-deleted account showed her celebrating the burning of her US passport online. She had also shared posts with comments such as, “Spill all (the Americans') blood,” and, “Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial, etc Day parades..go on drive-bys + spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”
Hoda Muthana 'deeply regrets' joining Isis and wants to return home. Subscribe to our Today in Focus podcast to listen to the full interview on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/FvhjGqWDJZ— The Guardian (@guardian) February 18, 2019
Following the calls for violence, the Obama administration revoked her passport in 2016, saying her father was an accredited Yemeni diplomat at the time she was born. In 2022, the US Supreme Court also sided with the government on the question of Muthana's citizenship and declined to consider her lawsuit seeking re-entry.
Muthana recently doubled down on her claims that she was brainwashed by extremists adding that they played on her religion and her desire to leave Alabama, where she says she was "physically abused." "Someone who is God-fearing and afraid of missing out on all the obligations will end up listening to something like this," she said, according to DailyMail.