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22 May, Wednesday

USA citizen who joined ISIS is begging to come home

A woman from Alabama wants help from her country for surviving.

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At the age of 19, a young woman from Hoover, Alabama travelled to Syria to join ISIS -- the so-called "Islamic State."

Five years and three husbands later, she says she regrets what she did and is begging to return to the US.

In a recent handwritten note obtained by CNN from a family representative, Hoda Muthana writes, "When I left to Syria I was a naive, angry, and arrogant young woman. I thought that I understood my religious beliefs."

But after witnessing the devastation of war, including the death of two husbands, Muthana said she became disillusioned.

"During my years in Syria, I would see and experience a way of life and the terrible effects of war which changed me. Seeing bloodshed up close changed me. Motherhood changed me. Seeing friends, children, and the men I married dying changed me," the now 24-year-old wrote.

"Seeing how different society could be compared to the beloved America I was born and raised into changed me. Being where I was and seeing the (people) around me scared me because I realized I didn't want to be a part of this. My beliefs weren't the same as theirs."

CNN has not yet been able to speak with her directly.


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