Islamic extremism

Judge rules woman who left Alabama to join ISIS is not U.S. citizen

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Protestors hold ISIS flags while making gestures during a protest in Srinagar, India. Photo: Idrees Abbas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A judge ruled Thursday that Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old Alabama woman who traveled to Syria in November 2014 to join ISIS, is not a U.S. citizen because her Tunisian father had diplomatic status in the U.S. when she was born, BuzzFeed News reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. government has no obligation to help Mothana return to the U.S. Muthana expressed interest in returning to the U.S. earlier this year while being detained in a Kurdish refugee camp with her 2-year-old son, the Guardian reports.

54 dead from jihadist attack on Mali's army

In this image, an armed soldier holds a gun and his sleeve is decorated with a patch that bears the Mali flag
A Malian Armed Forces soldier in Ndaki in July 2019. Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

The second major assault against Mali's armed forces this month left at least 54 people — including one civilian — dead on Friday, AP reports. Mali's government confirmed details of the Jihadist attack on Saturday.

What's happening: The French military has helped maintain control in Mali after the attack and is helping evacuate the wounded, a government spokesperson told AP. No group has currently claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, but "jihadists with links to the Islamic State group" are active in the region, per AP.