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US Supreme Court denies Muthana’s Appeal who left United States to join ISIL

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Mitali Palnitkar

Published On: January 12, 2022 at 17:33 IST

The Supreme Court of United States refused to hear an Appeal of Hoda Muthana, who had left the country in 2014 for joining ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) after being radicalized online, but later showed the willingness to return.

Muthana was born in New Jersey brought up in Birmingham, Alabana. Her father was a diplomat from Yemen.

While Muthana was overseas, the US government under former President Barack Obama had revoked her passport and declared that she was not a citizen of US. The decision was taken citing that her father was a diplomat when was born.

In 2019, a Federal Judge had ruled that US government was correct in stating that Muthana was not a citizen of US as the children of diplomats did not have right to citizenship by birth. But the family of Muthana argued that her father’s status as a diplomat had completed prior to her birth which entitled her to be a US citizen.

Muthana had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US. She surrendered as the ISIL fighters has started losing their self declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria and were moving to the refugee camps. She admitted that she regretted joining ISIL and wished to return to the US with her child.

This Case had gathered attention when the Former President of US Donald Trump had tweeted about directing the officials to not allow Muthana to return to the US.