Lawyer says woman who joined Islamic State is a US citizen

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has evidence she’s an American citizen.

READ MORE: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

U.S. officials contend that Hoda Muthana isn’t a citizen and has no legal basis to travel to the U.S.

READ MORE: US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

President Donald Trump says he decided to deny her return and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees with that decision. Pompeo says Muthana isn’t a citizen and doesn’t have a valid passport.

Her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, released a copy of her birth certificate and a letter from a U.S. official indicating her father was no longer a diplomat when she was born in 1994. Shibly says Muthana had a valid U.S. passport before she joined the militant group in 2014.

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