Americas Shamima Begum-style ISIS bride begs to go home and will go to jail

A United States woman stuck in Syria where she fled to join ISIS is begging to return home after having her US citizenship revoked.

Just like Britain's Shamima Begum, Hoda Muthana, who had a child with a terrorist fighter, is willing to go to jail in the US if it means being flown out of the war-torn nation.

The 28-year-old fled when she was just 20, and as a result had her citizenship revoked by former-US President Barack Obama.

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Speaking to The News Movement, she has admitted that she “will sit in prison” if that it was is needed in order to return to her native New Jersey.

She said, from a refugee camp in Syria: “If I need to sit in prison, and do my time, I will do it – I won’t fight against it.

“I’m hoping my government looks at me as someone young at the time and naive.

“Even here, right now, I can’t fully say everything I want to say, but once I do leave, I will.

“I will be an advocate against this.

“I wish I can help the victims of ISIS in the West understand that someone like me is not part of it, that I as well am a victim of ISIS.”

Last January the US Supreme Court declined to consider her lawsuit seeking re-entry.

That has left her and her son languishing in a detention camp in northern Syria housing thousands of widows of Islamic State fighters and their children.

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Some 65,600 suspected Islamic State members and their families – both Syrians and foreign citizens – are held in camps and prisons in northeastern Syria run by US.-allied Kurdish groups, according to a Human Rights Watch report released last month.

Hassan Shibly, an attorney who has assisted Muthana’s family, said it is “absolutely clear that she was brainwashed and taken advantage of.”

He said her family wishes she could come back, pay her debt to society and then help others from “falling into the dark path that she was led down.”

“She was absolutely misguided, and no one is denying that. But again, she was a teenager who was the victim of a very sophisticated recruitment operation that focuses on taking advantage of the young, the vulnerable, the disenfranchised,” he said.

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