New Jersey woman betrayed her country to join ISIS, now she wants to come back
According to a story on Wednesday, “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana, who fled Alabama to join ISIS in 2014 and is now forbidden from returning to the US, claimed she will regret her decision “for the rest of my life.”
According to People, Muthana, 26, attempted to explain what prompted her to join the terror group in the new documentary “The Return: Life After ISIS” by Spanish director Alba Sotorra Clua.
“You don’t realize you’ve been brainwashed until you snap out of it,” Muthana explained. “I went into everything too quickly and too deeply.”
According to People, what she went through was “this horrible way of life that I will regret for the rest of my life and that I wish I could just erase.”
Muthana was a 20-year-old college student in Hoover, Alabama, when she fled to Syria to join the Islamic State.
Muthana, the sheltered daughter of Yemeni immigrants, said she became involved with the terror group after attempting to connect with other Muslims online.
She reportedly says in the film, “I didn’t have many friends in high school and I was extremely shy, painfully shy.” “I couldn’t hang out with my friends. I wasn’t allowed to leave the house, let alone go to the mall.”
Muthana said, “I grew up as an American, born and raised in America, and all I had planned for the future was an arranged marriage — exactly how my parents wanted it to be.” “As a result, I had no time to fantasize about anything.”
Muthana also admitted that she didn’t have a good relationship with her mother and that, “I thought I could improve it by being more religious because she’s very religious,” adding, “I thought I could improve it by being more religious because she’s very religious.”
She explained, “I learned everything on my own, online.”
Muthana stated that she anticipated discovering “a happy place with Muslims, helping in hospitals, schools, and just being good decent Muslims to each other” in Syria.
Instead, “It was a complete disaster.” It was an apocalypse on the planet. “Really?” she exclaimed.
Muthana married a series of ISIS members after joining the group, the first two of whom were slain and had a son with one of them.
She kept posting on social media, celebrating the burning of her US passport and asking for assaults on Americans.
Muthana said in 2019 that she left ISIS with her now 4-year-old son Adam, before being apprehended by Kurdish forces and brought to a refugee camp in northeastern Syria.
She begged to return to the United States, but a judge decided that Muthana, who was born in New Jersey, was not a real citizen under a diplomatic statute. Her passport, which was canceled during the Obama administration, was issued in error, according to the authorities.