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Pompeo: Ala. Woman Can't Re-enter US After Joining ISIS

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Pompeo: Ala. Woman Can't Re-enter US After Joining ISIS

Pompeo: Ala. Woman Can't Re-enter US After Joining ISIS

In 2014, Hoda Muthana left Alabama for Syria and joined ISIS.

Now, the U.S. says she can't re-enter the country.

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Pompeo: Ala. Woman Can't Re-enter US After Joining ISIS

The U.S. is stopping an Alabama woman from entering the country and saying she's not a U.S. citizen after she joined ISIS.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that Hoda Muthana "does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States." Muthana told The Guardian she regrets leaving the U.S. and wants to return to her family.

In a letter obtained by CNN, she says she was angry and arrogant when she left her home in Hoover, Alabama, to go to Syria five years ago, and that witnessing war conditions and the deaths of two of her husbands has changed her mind.

According to the letter, she's been married three times since leaving Alabama and has an 18-month-old son.

Muthana has been known to call for violent terrorist attacks against the U.S. on social media.

She told ABC News that if she could, she would take all of that back.

The legality of the State Department's move is unclear.

Pompeo  reportedly told The Hill  that Muthana "was not born a citizen and never had U.S. citizenship." Her family says that's not true and that Muthana was born in New Jersey.

They plan to challenge the State Department's decision.

The case is nearly unprecedented in the U.S., but something similar has happened in the U.K. A British teenager traveled to Syria to join ISIS in 2015.

She also wants to return home now, but the U.K.  is set to revoke her citizenship .

Her family said they're "considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision." Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .




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