Veiled women walk past a billboard urging women to wear a hijab in Raqqa(REUTERS/Stringer).
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MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, has released a detailed report on Hoda Muthana, the former Alabaman who was an ISIS bride three times in Syria, but now wants to return to the US.
For over four years, MEMRI tracked and recorded Muthana’s Twitter and Instagram posts, which often called for or praised terror.
Muthana left Alabama for Syria in late 2014, where she married Suhan Rahman, an Australian ISIS fighter who also went by Abu Jihad al-Australi.
Muthana, who became known as “Umm Jihad,” became an ardent advocate for ISIS, taking to Twitter to urge Americans to join the jihad, according to the MEMRI report. In January 2015, she tweeted “Allahumma barik [God bless] there are sooo many Aussies and Brits here but where are the Americans, wake up u cowards.”
Muhana joined ISIS’s all-female Al-Khansaa Brigade. The brigade often shared photos of themselves brandishing rifles and tweeted threats regularly.
After her husband died in a battle in 2015, Muthana eulogized him on Twitter with a picture of his body, saying “May Allah accept my husband, Abu Jihad al Australi. Promised Allah and fought in the front lines until he obtained shahadah
Later in 2015, she tweeted “Kill kuffar
[infidels] in alleyways, stab them and poison them. Poison your teachers. Go to haram [banned] restaurants and poison the food in large quantities,” reported MEMRI.
She then posted instructions for Americans, saying “Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades... Kill them.”
Muthana later married her second husband with whom she had her son, Adam. Her husband was killed in Mosul and she then married a Syrian fighter.
Muthana is currently the only American at the Al-Houl refugee camp in northeast Syria and has asked to return to the US. In an NBC interview in February, she said that she had been “brainwashed” and regrets joining ISIS. “I am a citizen and those papers prove it, as I'm just as American as any blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl,” she told NBC.
Muthana’s social media posts since 2015 consistently promoted and praised ISIS terrorism. In March 2017, Muthana posted a photo of a figure with a gun, saying “We have men (and women!) who love death as ardently as you love your lives! I was watching an American documentary on a battle in Afghanistan and the Americans are such cowards…These men cry for their lives while we cry for our death (shahadah)!”
In another post from March 2017, she posted pictures of a man she said was her relative, saying “May Allah destroy this taghut [tyrant]. His last words to me were God bless America. We will never speak again and if you die upon this we will be enemies on Judgement Day,” according to MEMRI.
President Obama’s administration stated that Muthana is not a citizen. President Trump denied her re-entry
last month. Muthana’s father has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an attempt to get his daughter and grandson into the country, according to USA Today.
Muthana's tweets have been removed from Twitter.
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