BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – A U.S. national that joined the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) at the age of 19 wants to return home from Syria, CNN reported on Wednesday morning.
According to CNN, Hoda Muthana of Alabama is asking to return to the United States after joining the Islamic State approximately five years ago.
Muthana, in a handwritten note obtained by CNN, said that she was married to three men and lost two of her husbands during the Syrian conflict.
“When I left to Syria I was a naive, angry, and arrogant young woman. I thought that I understood my religious beliefs,” she said.
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,” she continued.
“Seeing how different a 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,” Muthana added.
The U.S. government has not publicly commented on this case.