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College Student Who Left Alabama to Join ISIS Six Years Ago Now Wants to Come Home

College Student Who Left Alabama to Join ISIS Six Years Ago Now Wants to Come Home

“this horrible way of life that I really regret for the rest of my life and that I wish I could just erase.”

Nope. Sorry. You made your choice and you can live with it. I have exactly zero sympathy.

From People Magazine, via Yahoo News:

Ex-College Student Who Left Alabama to Join ISIS Explains Herself and Why She Wants to Come Home

Six years ago, Hoda Muthana was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama who lied to her family about a trip and instead joined the Islamic State in Syria. When she arrived she was confined to a home for unwed women, with marriage to a jihadist the only way out. She married a succession of the group’s fighters — the first two of whom were killed — and had a son with one of them.

On social media, she celebrated the burning of her U.S. passport and shared thousands of incendiary tweets under the name @UmmJihad, including writing that “America desrves (sic) everything it has coming to it, by Allah we will terrorise (sic) YOU! Until you submit to the Shariah” and urging others to attack holiday parades.

“Spill all of their blood,” she wrote, “or rent a big truck n drive over them. Kill them.”

Today, two years after Muthana said she took her young son and ran away from the Islamic State as it was collapsing under military assault, she is a refugee barred from the country where she grew up with a very different view of the group she had once so longed to join.

“When you are brainwashed, you don’t realize it until you snap out of it. I took everything too fast and too deep,” she tells Spanish filmmaker Alba Sotorra Clua in the new documentary The Return: Life After ISIS, available to watch through Thursday at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York.

What she experienced in the Islamic State, Muthana, now 26, says in the film, was “this horrible way of life that I really regret for the rest of my life and that I wish I could just erase.”


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henrybowman | May 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Stupidity is the ultimate top surgery. There’s no coming back.

Now that the State Department is run by worthless Commies I’m betting her case will be “reviewed” and she’ll be allowed to return.

Any takers?

Why should I believe she has genuinely recanted Islam?

Antifundamentalist | May 29, 2021 at 2:59 pm

See if her parents are willing to take in her kid. As for her… experience can change you, but she needs to live elsewhere while she proves it. Maybe the EU will take her in.

Albigensian | May 30, 2021 at 7:32 pm

” She married a succession of the group’s fighters …” Umm, you could put scare quotes around “married,” couldn’t you?

Nonetheless, if you could be “brainwashed” to join a group as evil as the Nazis (although, fortunately, far less capable) you could surely be “brainwashed” to join something that’s different yet no less evil.

Some actions just can’t be fixed with an “I’m sorry, I made a mistake.” If you murder your parents you can’t just go back and say, “Hey, I’m sorry, I made a mistake.” Some mistakes are irredeemable. Joining ISIS is one of them.

Even if you choose to assume her regret is genuine.

How many colleges structure student life as four years of many decisions without consequence. It used to be that one came to college with definite goals and ambitions and worked in college to equip oneself for a future career. Misconduct had serious consequences including being thrown out. Using student activity funds to “brainwash” and recruit terrorist was generally not allowed. Today, the goal of “student affairs specialists” is to insulate students from the consequences of as many bad decisions as possible. Who planted the idea that fleeing the US and burning your passport so as to take arms against the US and its NATO allies was a good path that could easily be reversed? Someone should investigate which institution Ms. Muthana attended and what counseling she received. There should be serious consequences for her counselors and for the advisors to the student organization that “brainwashed” her.

stella dallas | May 31, 2021 at 11:45 pm

Maybe she wants to come back so she can begin to pay off her student loans.
Maybe she should sue the college where she was brainwashed.

This young woman was in the state news off-and-on for a few years. Until the local online rag,, disabled comments a while back, the sentiment was against her by about 98%. She would be better advised to find a home somewhere else. She burned too many bridges to return. Alabama is not her home any more.