Don't let these ISIS women wedded to terror come home

Don't let these ISIS women wedded to terror come home

In many ways, their stories started so differently.

Suhan Rahman and Hoda Muthana. The government has known where she is for quite some time.

President Trump's comments on twitter come amid controversy over Shemima Begum, who left London to join ISIS, aged just 15.

"I just was hoping that maybe for me, for the sake of me and my child, they let me come back", the young woman said. Both countries this week said no.

In a recent interview she also said she was "okay" with the brutal methods used by the terror group including beheadings.

Muthana represents a unique case. Their lawyers argue the latter is of paramount importance.

Shibly said she fled her family in Alabama and made her way to Syria, where she was "brainwashed" by IS and compelled to marry one of the group's soldiers. "In a sense, the situation isn't unique in that [ISIS] operates no differently than sex offenders and child predators and violent gangs that put a lot of effort in recruiting and brainwashing youth".

Begum may also lose her British citizenship, according to Sky News.

Whether their arguments are compelling is hardly academic.

The US officially declared victory against ISIL in December and since then has urged European nations and other countries to repatriate and prosecute their citizens who travelled to join the armed group. The simple answer to that? No.

In her interview with the BBC, she said the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 were akin to the "women and children" being bombed in IS territory in Baghuz. And I think she's finally awoken, and she deeply regrets [it] and she's willing to pay whatever debt she has to society.

And under the name Umm Jihad, she encouraged attacks in the United States, tweeting this exhortation in March 2015: "Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them".

"I realized I've made a big mistake, and I know I've ruined my future and my son's future, and I deeply, deeply regret it", Muthana told The Guardian. "The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them". Authorities face an unprecedented challenge in the digital age, says John McLaughlin, the Central Intelligence Agency's former deputy director, including an inability to track homegrown terrorists.

Most people born in the United States are accorded so-called birthright citizenship, but there are exceptions. It wasn't until she received a smartphone as a high school graduation present that she became radicalized, feeling friendless and angry with her strict mother.

Dick said she could face prosecution if evidence suggests she is guilty of criminality.

Now based in a Syrian refugee camp with her 18-month-old son, Muthana is begging to return to the States claiming that motherhood, losing two jihadi fighter husbands, and seeing bloodshed close up has changed her.

"During my years in Syria, I would see and experience a way of life and the awful effects of war, which changed me", Muthana wrote in a letter.

She said she knew there would be restriction on her if she returned, but added that he child is her "biggest priority". "She went down a very risky trek".

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