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2 American Wives of ISIS Militants Want to Return Home


Hoda Muthana with her son in Syria. Ms. Muthana was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama when she joined the Islamic State in 2014. She used Twitter to encourage terrorist attacks in the West but now says she regrets it and wants to return to the United States.

She was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama who had become convinced of the righteousness of the Islamic State. So she duped her parents into thinking she was going on a college trip and instead bought a plane ticket to Turkey with her tuition money.

After being smuggled into the caliphate, the student, Hoda Muthana, posted a photograph on Twitter showing her gloved hands holding her American passport. “Bonfire soon,” she promised.

That was more than four years ago. Now, after being married to three Islamic State fighters and witnessing executions like those she had once cheered on social media, Ms. Muthana says she is deeply sorry and wants to return home to the United States.

She surrendered last month to the coalition forces fighting ISIS and now spends her days as a detainee in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. She is joined there by another woman, Kimberly Gwen Polman, 46, who had studied legal administration in Canada before joining the caliphate and who possesses dual the United States and Canadian citizenship.

Source: New York Times

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