Hoda Muthana is a New Jersey-born woman who left the United States to join ISIS in November 2014. She surrendered in January 2019 to coalition forces fighting ISIS in Syria and is currently requesting to return to the United States.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 14, 2019
Muthana was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on October 28, 1994. Her father was a Yemeni diplomat, although it is disputed whether he was a diplomat at the time of her birth or whether he resigned a month before.
Hoda Muthana Age
she is 25 years old.
Hoda Muthana Personal Life
In December 2014, Hoda Muthana married Suhan Rahman, an Australian jihadist, Abu Jihad Al-Australi, who was killed in Syria in March 2015. She then married a Tunisian fighter and gave birth to a son, John Doe, who is now 1 year old. Her second husband was killed fighting in Mosul in 2017.
She married and divorced a third man around this time.
Hoda Muthana Career in ISIS
Hoda Muthana lived in Hoover, Alabama. Before leaving the United States to join ISIS in November 2014, she used the funds her parents had provided for her college tuition.
On Twitter, she advocated for terror attacks against civilians in the United States and encouraged more residents to travel to ISIS-controlled territory and support the caliphate. She, after the death of her husband, traveled from Raqqa to Mayadin to Hajin and, finally, to Shafa in eastern Syria.
Muthana made friends with Kimberley Gwen Polman, a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen when the jihadi enclave had shrunk to just a few square miles. Food was so scarce at that time. They agreed to try to escape the enclave despite Muthana’s first attempt to defect which later left imprisoned, tortured and raped. Muthana escaped from Shafa and surrendered to American troops on January 10, 2019. Both Muthana and Polman were placed in the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. The pair have expressed their desire to return to the United States.
The UK and U.S. are saying that Shamima Begum and Hoda Muthana are not citizens after leaving their countries to join ISIS. pic.twitter.com/acMr5eEUAW
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 14, 2019
According to an interview conducted with Muthana, her father, and a friend in 2015 by Buzzfeed, after her father gave her a cell phone, she created a Twitter account her parents were not aware of, which eventually gained thousands of followers. The friend they interviewed said she may have been one of the only people who knew her in both real lives and through Twitter. Buzzfeed respected her friend’s desire to remain anonymous. She said that there was a gulf between Muthana’s real-world self and the more radical persona she adopted on Twitter, offering as an example that Muthana claimed she had worn modest jilbābs and abayas since eighth grade when she had only adopted modest dress recently.
Hoda Muthana Citizenship News
On Thursday, a federal judge claimed that an American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) group and now wants to return to her family in Alabama is not an American citizen.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a lawsuit brought by the family of Hoda Muthana to force the federal government to let her in the country.
BREAKING: US President Donald Trump bans Hoda Muthana from entering America.
— The Realm News (@TheRealmNews) February 20, 2019
President Trump instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not allow her back into the country. Pompeo released a press statement that read: “Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She 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. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria”.
The New York Times reported, Muthana has left the terrorist group and she and her 1-year-old child were moved from the Roj refugee camp after receiving death threats from ISIS supporters and that their lives are in danger.
She has presented an apology and wishes to return to the U.S.
“I was really young and ignorant”, Muthana said in an interview with the Guardian.
The case became politically-charged as it gained widespread notoriety.
Hoda Muthana Lawsuit
“The citizenship status of minor John Doe depends upon the status of Ms. Muthana; accordingly, regardless of the choices made by his mother, the health and survival of a young U.S. citizen depend upon the expeditious resolution of Ms. Muthana’s civil case,” the claim said.
In addition to dismissing a lawsuit, Walton also ruled that Muthana’s father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, could not provide financial support to his daughter or grandson without being subject to charges of providing material support of terrorism.
Walton ruled that Ali Muthana, who formerly represented Yemen in the United Nations, is still a diplomat. Children born to diplomats are not granted automatic citizenship in the U.S.
Ali Muthana left his post before his daughter was born in 1994 in Hackensack, N.J., according to The Times. However, the federal government said it wasn’t notified of the change until 1995 and stopped recognizing his diplomatic status only then.
A judge ruled that Hoda Muthana, a US-born woman who left the country to join ISIS, is not an American citizen. https://t.co/u2kzWQCIAS
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 15, 2019
Muthana’s lawyer, Christina Jump, told BuzzFeed News that there was a “likely basis” to appeal Walton’s ruling.
In January 2016, the Obama administration revoked Muthana’s passport and stated in a letter that she was not a birthright citizen because her father’s termination had not been officially documented until February 1995.