‘ISIS Bride’ Who Wants to Return to U.S.: ‘Maybe Therapy Lessons’ Can Be My Punishment

‘Maybe speaking against them, which I am definitely planning to do’

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The so-called American “ISIS bride,” Hoda Muthana wants to return to the United States after her first two ISIS fighter husbands were killed in operations. 

ABC’s World News spoke to Muthana in Syria and and the two-time terror widow says she’s ready to give up her life on behalf of the Islamic State. 

After reading one of her calls to use drive-bys to kill Americans in the streets and “spill all of their blood,” ABC asked, “Do you think you deserve a punishment for what you did?”

“Maybe therapy lessons?” she said to ABC’s James Longman. “Maybe a process that will ensure us that we’ll never do this again.” 

Asked if therapy lessons is sufficient punishment for supporting the world’s most barbaric terror group, Muthana struggled: “I know that. ... Maybe speaking against them, which I am definitely planning to do, definitely wanting people to not make the same decision that I've made.”

Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

LONGMAN: “ — ISIS bride’s first television interview, explaining why she left Alabama at just 19 to join the terror group.”

MUTHANA: “I heard that the Caliphate was announced. I thought it was obligatory for me to go.”

LONGMAN: “Four years later, Hoda Muthana wants to come home with her 18-month-old child. Do you expect people to have sympathy for you?”

MUTHANA: “I hope so, yeah.”

LONGMAN: “Upon arriving into Syria, she says, her only choice, marriage. Her first two husbands dead on the battlefield. You were given a list of men and you could choose a man from that list, does that sound crazy to you now?”

MUTHANA: “It sounds very crazy.”

LONGMAN: “We would see the videos, the beheadings, the murders and it was shocking.”

MUTHANA: “We would see dead bodies in public, we would see kids seeing dead bodies in public.”

LONGMAN: “She claims she was radicalized on Twitter, and once she joined ISIS, she sent messages of hate. ‘The Americans wake up, go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood.’ Do you think you deserve a punishment for what you did?”

MUTHANA: “Maybe therapy lessons? Maybe a process that will ensure us that we’ll never do this again.”

LONGMAN: “People watching will say to themselves, well, therapy isn’t enough.”

MUTHANA: “I know that. Maybe speaking against them, which I am definitely planning to do, definitely wanting people to not make the same decision that I’ve made.”

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