U.S. says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State isn't citizen

Shamima Begum interviewed by Sky News

Shamima Begum being interviewed by Sky News in northern Syria on Feb. 17 2019

US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said Tuesday, "Repatriating these foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin, ensuring that they're prosecuted and detained, that's the best solution to preventing them from returning to the battlefield".

"Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a USA citizen and will not be admitted into the United States".

Muthana's legal representatives say that she is willing to face the U.S. justice system, even after calling for Daesh to attack United States citizens, the USA Today report says.

A young woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State four years ago does not qualify for citizenship and has no legal basis to return to the country, the USA secretary of state announced today.

"I believe that America gives second chances".

Hassan Shibly, a family representative for Muthana, denied that she was not a citizen, and called the move by the Trump administration to claim otherwise "very unsafe".

The American ISIS bride who wants to come home to the USA has told how she wants the government to pay for her to undergo therapy if it allows her to return - and says she is hopeful they won't send her to jail. She does not have any legal basis, no valid USA passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.

Muthana says she applied for and received a United States passport before leaving for Turkey.

He says she has renounced the terrorist group and wants to come home to protect her 18-month-old son regardless of the legal consequences. "She was born in Hackensack, NJ in October 1994, months after her father stopped being diplomat‬", he added before later tweeting a picture of what he claimed is Muthana's birth certificate, that appeared to confirm her place and date of birth.

Most people born in the United States are accorded so-called birthright citizenship but there are exceptions.

Five years and three husbands later, she says she regrets what she did and is begging to return to the US.

"Her lawyer Hassan Shilby refuted the government claims, saying Ms Muthana "is a United States citizen" She has a valid passport". After he was killed, she married another, the father of her son.

Only now does she "really understand how important the freedoms that we have in America are".

However, she hasn't expressed as much remorse over her actions, and the United Kingdom has said it would strip her of her British citizenship. It's not clear if her third husband, a Syrian jihadi, is still alive. Children born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats are not automatically considered USA citizens because they are not under United States jurisdiction.

She reportedly fled the group just a few weeks ago as the Islamic State approached total defeat in Iraq and Syria.

"I look back now and I think I was very arrogant", she told the Guardian in an interview.

Hughes said the decision is also unusual because it comes just days after the Trump administration urged European nations to repatriate extremists from Syria as the Islamic State nears collapse.

Ashfaq Taufique, who knows Muthana's family and is president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, said the woman could be a valuable resource for teaching young people about the dangers of online radicalization were she allowed to return to the United States.

Asked if she should be held accountable for her actions, Muthana suggested she should get therapy and is willing to speak out against radical Islam.

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