“Fifteen years is a very long time for mistakes you made coming to Syria.”
U.S. officials would be foolish to believe him. He is akin to the Nazis after World War II who claimed that they knew nothing of the genocide of the Jews, and were only following orders. But the fact that believing him would be foolish doesn’t mean that they won’t. After all, it isn’t as if Abdelhamid Al-Madioum did something absolutely unforgivable, such as discuss the roots of jihad violence and Sharia oppression in Islamic texts and teachings.
“US ‘Isis fighter’ locked up in hellhole prison demands he be forgiven and brought home to America,” by Jimmy McCloskey, Metro, September 18, 2019:
A US-born Isis fighter languishing in a hellhole jail has said he should be forgiven for joining the extremist terror group and brought home to America.
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 22, claims he entered Isis territory in 2015 in the hopes of becoming a doctor.
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He is now residing in a prison stuffed with Isis members in Northern Syria, with news footage showing scores of men living together in cramped conditions.
Al-Madioum, from Minneanapolis [sic], says he was recruited to Isis by cheerful online propaganda portraying the murderous outfit whose killings shocked the world as charitable and kind. He describes himself as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ and insists he believed reports about mass slaughter carried out by the group were ‘fake news.’
The terror suspect maintains he was never a fighter, but instead claims he is a victim after losing his arm in a US air strike.
Talking of his original plans to become a medic, Al-Madioum told CBS News: ‘They gave me a blank check to buy whatever I wanted.
‘Here’s the thing. People like me that see this, don’t really believe the news.’
Al-Madioum says he has been interrogated by FBI and warned he faces 15 years in prison if he is eventually deported to the US. But the extremist insists such a sentence is far too long, and declared: ‘Fifteen years is a very long time for mistakes you made coming to Syria.’
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And asked if he thought he deserved to be forgiven, Al-Madioum answered: ‘I would say that.’…
Story cited here.