Minneapolis Man Who Joined ISIS Says He Should Be Forgiven, Allowed Back Home

Several Americans who went to fight for ISIS told CBS News they want to get out of a Syrian prison and return home.

Northern Syria – A 22-year-old Minnesota man who left the United States to join ISIS in 2015 and is now being held in a prison camp said he thought ISIS terrorism was fake news when he joined them but now he wants to come home.

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum gave an interview to CBS News from a prison where 5,000 ISIS fighters are being held, several of whom were American citizens.

Al-Madioum said he was recruited to join ISIS through propaganda videos sent to him on Twitter that explained that ISIS was actually helping Muslims

He said he joined ISIS four years ago hoping to become a doctor, CBS News reported.

"They gave me a blank check to buy whatever I wanted," Al-Madioum said. "Here's the thing. People like me that see this, don't really believe the news."

He claimed that he has been interrogated by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since he was incarcerated and was told he could be facing 15 years in prison in the United States, according to CBS News.

Al-Madioum thinks 15 years is too long and said he deserved to be forgiven now.

"Fifteen years is a very long time for mistakes you made coming to Syria," he told CBS News.

Al-Madioum said he was also a victim, and pointed to having lost his right arm in a U.S. airstrike on the terrorist organization he joined.

He claimed he was never an ISIS fighter, as do many others inside the incredibly dangerous prison, CBS News reported.

Another ISIS fighter said he left his home in Chicago to join the terrorist organization in 2015, but he wasn’t looking for forgiveness.

“The choices that I made in somebody’s eyes are the wrong choices, so I face jail time,” the prisoner said.

He told CBS News that he doesn’t think he did anything wrong by joining ISIS.

“I just wanted to live under Islamic law,” he explained.

He is unrepentant for joining the terrorist organization but still wants to return to the United States.

“I’m going to die soon here,” he complained. “I am sick. I do not get any medical attention.”

A 17-year-old ISIS fighter from New York City told CBS News that his parents brought him to join the terrorist organization and now he is desperate to leave.

The Syrian militia would like to get rid of the thousands of ISIS prisoners that it currently has behind bars, but said their home countries don’t want the would-be terrorists back.

Prison guards told CBS News that many of the prisoners were extremely dangerous, and that there were fears that if they escaped, they would rejoin ISIS insurgents.

Guards showed CBS News video of a Sept. 13 prison break attempt made shortly after the new head of ISIS demanded prisoners be released and called for more attacks.

Prisoners pretended that one of their number had become ill, and when the guards went to check on the sick prisoner, they rushed the cell door.

The Syrian militia group that runs the prison told CBS News that if other countries won’t take back their own citizens, they should be helping with security to prevent a “mass escape” of dangerous prisoners from the facility.

Comments (40)
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Justretired
Justretired

Oh well, enjoy your planned vacation.

jimmer1
jimmer1

oh no not another victim!!! an adult that can not take responsibility for their actions?

Pat1978
Pat1978

Too bad so sad. Give them a big straw and tell them to suck it up. Some mistakes beg forgiveness but I have no sympathy for a mistake this big and it is not ok to allow an excess of empathy to cloud the necessary and prudent judgement these folks have received.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Never release him, never allow him back in our country.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Fuck them. Let them rot over there or die!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. " (Article III, Section 3 of the COTUS).

"Penalty: Death, or not less than 5 years' imprisonment and not more than life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (minimum fine of $10,000, if not sentenced to death). Any person convicted of treason against the United States will permanently lose the right to ever hold or run for public office anywhere in any capacity within the United States. (U.S. Code Title 18)

Buh bye.

flybynight
flybynight

I'm willing to do whatever the soul patrol bros say.................. NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!!!!!!

ikaika
ikaika

You can't make this shit up!

"joined ISIS hoping to become a doctor" "thinks 15 years in prison is too long" "deserves to be forgiven now" "says he's also a victim" "doesn't think he did anything wrong by joining ISIS" "is unrepentant for joining the terrorist organization but still wants to return to the US"

Why would we allow even one of those assholes back here?

JBo
JBo

They picked the life...now live the dream.

WhiteKnight
WhiteKnight

No reentry, stay where you are, never again to be allowed into America!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Just the MF'ers trying for Infiltration of American to further Destroy it !! YOU Make your choice you POS so F O -- !!!!

flybynight
flybynight

Idiot is from Chicongo? He's safer where he is now. 🙄

NickyJ
NickyJ

Go home in a body bag

les0060
les0060

Sorry you joined the wrong Army. You have no home in America.

Vinny6922
Vinny6922

Take him back and behead him in public

tkshields
tkshields

pretty sure hes got relatives close by

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I hear Ilhan Omar needs a new chief of staff.....

Ryerver
Ryerver

If you are a murderer and do you time then forgiveness is on the table. A traitor to your country you can rot in hell

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You chose to leave the US, you chose to align with ISIS, and now that you found that it sucks, you want to come back to the US? Sorry, you made your choice, if you end up dying in Syria, I won't be shedding a tear for you

gfc1963
gfc1963

All, of these ISIS scum should be executed, never mind fed and watreed for the next few decades. No pity, no remorse, no mercy. Kill them all.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

We are adults ....there are no "backsies " or "do overs" you simpleton.

Musicray
Musicray

Should execute all of them

magnumforc
magnumforc

Let them die in prison where they are. Over and done.

TxComanche
TxComanche

He just wanted to live under Islamic law? WHY?? He had a life of freedom, and rights that were protected by the Constitution. He gave all of it up by choice. Now that he’s in prison he thinks he should be forgiven and allowed to come back. Yeah, I don’t think so. He made the choice, now he can live with it. As for the 17 year old who was taken by his parents, if he truly never wanted to go, that is something that would have to be carefully evaluated.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Give them the sympathy they gave their prisoners when they took over a city. Find a steel picket fence and decorate it. INSHALLAH

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

To bad, so sad!! But you committed treason against the United States!! Bye bye!!

lmullen804
lmullen804

The guy that lost his arm is definitely going to sue the government when he gets home.

hoss377
hoss377

I dont think anyone would mind if the prison caught on fire.

bgbill12345
bgbill12345

Screw you and rot in jail.

Tomkcr123
Tomkcr123

Syria should just execute them all

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I'm a believer in giving everyone a second chance ....so he is welcome to swim back. Fair is fair you know.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

Last time I looked GITMO is part of America...let him in there until he dies of starvation

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

He needs to meet allah.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What terrorist loving POS journalist decided this was newsworthy?

Serving Justice
Serving Justice

He should be hung from a rope until dead.