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The Timing Matters

This week, as the final ISIS stronghold in Syria nears defeat, an American woman who ran away to join the terror group pleads to return home.

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What’s Happening In Syria

  • ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory in Syria to U.S.-backed forces.
  • The last ISIS holdout is a single village, an estimated few hundred fighters (& some civilians).
  • Women and children evacuated/captured from ISIS areas end up in “refugee camps.”
  • Thousands in limited areas; Resources limited.
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Hoda Muthana

  • Born in New Jersey; Grew up in and lived in Alabama
  • Studied business at the Univ. of Alabama when she ran away to Syria nearly 5 years ago at age 19.
  • She says she’s been married 3 times to 3 different ISIS fighters; two died in battle and the third’s status is unknown.
  • Living in refugee camp, wants to return to U.S.
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What She Says Now:

“I hope America doesn’t think I am a threat to them and I hope they can accept me…”

Hoda Muthana to ABC News. Muthana said she wanted a more liberated life as an American teenager, but the only avenue she found out of her strict family was to become more religious. Her family thought at first she was becoming a more devout Muslim, not realizing her draw towards terror.
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What She Said In The Past:

“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…Kill them.”

What Muthana wrote on social media before fleeing to Syria to join ISIS. She now says she was young, ignorant, and now as a mother "doesn't have any of the (ISIS) ideology."
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What America Says:

“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,.”

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo who went on to say Muthana doesn't have a valid U.S. passport, without elaborating further. As a American-born citizen, Muthana has reportedly been issued a passport. Americans can lose their citizenship for a variety of reasons, including joining a terror group. Muthana's family & others are working to get her back to the U.S.
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One of the big questions about what's next in Syria is what to do with the captured ISIS fighters, women & children, like Muthana. Syrian Defense Forces say they do not have the resources to hold them indefinitely, and some are citizens of other nations.

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