The parents of Kayla Mueller, the American woman who died in early February while she was in the hands of the Islamic state (ISIS), said Friday to ABC that they were informed by the government that their daughter had been raped by the leader of the jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Kidnapped in Aleppo, in northern Syria, in August 2013, Kayla Mueller, a young humanitarian woman, died in early February. Then, ISIS had claimed that she had died during bombardments carried out by planes of the international coalition. Washington had challenged this claim without detailing the circumstances of her death.
ABC News reported Friday, citing government officials, that the young woman had been repeatedly raped by the head of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an information that is reportedly confirmed by Kayla Mueller’s parents. She would have turned 27 on Friday.
“We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi. We were told that in June by the government,” Kayla’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, told ABC News.
The events occurred in a villa owned by Abu Sayyaf, a leader of ISIS killed in a raid by the coalition in mid-May.
The FBI also informed the relatives of Kayla Mueller that the young woman was tortured early in her 18 months in captivity, putting an end to “rumors spread by some officials that she had cooperated or was a willing spouse, which has deeply upset her family and many inside her case,” ABC reports.
Senator John McCain, from Arizona as was Kalya Mueller, on Friday wondered why the Obama Administration did extradite for trial Umm Sayyaf, the widow of Abu Sayyaf.
Captured during the raid that killed her husband, Umm Sayyaf was handed to Iraqi authorities in early August. The Administration was able to know the condition in which Kayla spent her days in captivity thanks to information gathered from Umm Sayyaf and the testimony of two teenage yazidies who were also held hostage in the same villa, according to ABC News.
IISIS, which has been spreading terror in Iraq and in Syria where it proclaimed a caliphate in the territories it controls, has already performed the execution of several Western hostages since the summer of 2014, including the Americans James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff.