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1818, 17 Feb 19

Captured American Jihadi Wants to Return to U.S.

Unlike the British one in the previous story, this one sees the error of her ways.

An American woman captured by Kurdish forces after fleeing the last pocket of land controlled by Islamic State says she “deeply regrets” travelling to Syria to join the terror group and has pleaded to be allowed to return to her family in Alabama.

Once one of Isis’s most prominent online agitators who took to social media to call for the blood of Americans to be spilled, Hoda Muthana, 24, claims to have made a “big mistake” when she left the US four years ago and says she was brainwashed into doing so online.

Speaking from al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, while her 18-month-old son played at her feet, Muthana said she misunderstood her faith, and that friends she had at the time believed they were following Islamic tenets when they aligned themselves to Isis.

“We were basically in the time of ignorance […] and then became jihadi, if you like to describe it that way,” she said. “I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God.”

Muthana said she had not been in contact with US officials since her capture. “I would tell them please forgive me for being so ignorant, and I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave. I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind.”

What do you think? On the one hand, she appears regretful and might not return to her violent ways. On the other hand, why take the risk? She was an adult when she joined the Islamic State. She made her bed, as they say…


1818, 17 February 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I’m a little more forgiving to repentant terrorists.

    15 year prison sentence for treason and then we let her out, provided the parole board feels she is reformed and not a threat.

    Unrepentant treason should be executed.

  2. steveegg

    Given their religion commands them to lie to us infidels…no.

  3. Merlin

    Nope. She seems to have been a good little jihadi until the bitter end and I don’t doubt she regrets that her jihadi experience has been a failure, but surely the Muslim world has reserved a special place for Western females who service Islamic jihadists. Maybe they can give her another opportunity at her chosen profession.

  4. jjf

    Steveegg, what does your religion command you to do?

  5. MjM

    She is “repentant” because she got captured. The answer is not no. It’s HELL NO.

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