Is Hoda Muthana's son an American citizen

Trump does not want to take jihadist back from Syria

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Washington - US President Donald Trump calls on European states to take back members of the terrorist militia "Islamic State" (IS) arrested in Syria - but has now refused to accept a jihadist who, according to her lawyer, was born in the USA.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he had "instructed" Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to "let 24-year-old Hoda Muthana back into the country." Pompeo agrees with him "completely". The latter had previously stated that Muthana was "not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States."

Passports burned

Muthana faced Kurdish fighters who are allied with the United States. In an interview published on Sunday with the Guardian, she expressed her desire to return to the United States. She expressed regret that she had done online propaganda for the ISIS militia.

But Pompeo announced that Muthana had no "legal basis" for the return. You have neither a valid US passport nor an entitlement to it. She also does not have a US visa. Muthana had published a photo a few years ago that apparently shows her and other women burning their western passports.

Lawyer disagrees with Pompeo

There could still be legal disputes over the issue of citizenship. Pompeo's statements contradict those of her lawyer Hassan Shibly. He told the AFP news agency that Muthana was a US citizen and also had a valid passport. Shilby told USA Today that Muthana was born in New Jersey in 1994.

People born in the US are usually granted US citizenship. Loss or withdrawal of citizenship is a legally complex process. The passport is a mere travel document, its deliberate destruction is not sufficient for the loss of citizenship.

Call for murder

According to the anti-terrorism project at George Washington University, Muthana is the daughter of immigrants from Yemen. She went to Syria in 2014. In online networks she called for the murder of US citizens and glorified IS. She describes herself as a victim of brainwashing and says she is ashamed today for her support for the Islamists. She claims to have been married to jihadists three times and has a young son.

Hundreds of foreign IS fighters and their relatives are in Kurdish custody in Syria. Over the weekend, Trump called on Germany, France, Great Britain and other European countries to take back their citizens from Syria and bring them to justice in Europe. There it sparked a debate about how to deal with jihad returnees. (APA, February 21, 2019)