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Report: Alabama woman joins ISIS

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The ISIS threat may be closer to Alabama than many want to admit. 

A Buzzfeed article suggests a Birmingham woman has joined the terrorist organization.

According to the article, the woman is originally from Hoover, graduated high school there a few years ago and was attending classes at UAB before deciding to join ISIS. 

The article identifies the woman as "Hoda," but does not reveal her last name. 

According to the author, Hoda ran away from Hoover in November, is now in Syria, and has been married off to an ISIS fighter. Her father is also quoted in the article. The report says Hoda's father fled Yemen more than two decades ago and Hoda is the youngest of his five children.

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We reached out to an FBI spokesperson about the report. 

Paul Daymond said he can't confirm or deny any investigation. However, he did release a statement about their efforts.

"Combating terrorism is the number one priority of the FBI. To that end, our agents, analysts and other staff work every day to disrupt or dismantle all terrorist threats, including ISIL. Certainly, if anyone is aware or becomes aware of any potential ISIL recruitment, they should immediately report that information to the FBI."

Athens State University's Tony Moyers has taught religious studies for more than two decades. He was surprised when we told him about the report. He said it's also more important than ever to have from all faiths come together and have open dialog about the issue. 

He wants to see more awareness of the problem and gave some insight on why people are drawn to join these terror groups. 

"Maybe if they feel marginalized, they feel this is a group in which [they] can make some meaningful changes," said Moyers.

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