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Trump tells Pompeo not to allow woman who joined ISIS to re-enter U.S.

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old Alabama woman who traveled to Syria in November 2014 to join ISIS, to return to the U.S.

The big picture: Muthana who is presently detained in a Kurdish refugee camp, has pleaded with the U.S. government to allow her to return with her toddler son and stand trial, telling The Guardian that she regrets joining the terrorist group. Earlier on Wednesday, Pompeo said Mathana would not be re-admitted into the country because she has no "legal basis" to claim American citizenship. However, a representative for Muthana claims she is a citizen and that she was born to a former diplomat in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1994.

Report: Assad regime has launched more than 300 chemical attacks

Damaged buildings in the Khan Shaykhun district of Idlib, Syria, which was hit by a chemical attack. Photo: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and its military forces have launched more than 300 chemical attacks since the end of 2012 during the country's ongoing civil war, according to a new report from the Global Public Policy Institute, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria has sparked concern that it could allow for renewed aggression from both Assad's government forces and a depleted Islamic State, or ISIS. White House national security adviser John Bolton said last month that the decision to withdraw should not be viewed as a "change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response."

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