Kayla Mueller was from Arizona and a humanitarian worker who was tortured and murdered by ISIS. Her family said they felt great peace and closure knowing the U.S. military operation, which killed the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dedicated to Kayla.
Sunday morning, President Trump gave the announcement Baghdadi was killed and mentioned the dedication to Mueller by name and said, “She was a beautiful young woman who died while trying to help people.”
Kayla’s father told ABC News, “We just learned that the whole thing was dedicated to Kayla thanks to General [Mark] Milley, and it’s very touching. President Trump mentioned her today in his statement, and he mentioned that he deserved what he got for what he did to Kayla. She’s not forgotten, and that’s important.”
Kayla Mueller was 26 years old and sent to Turkey on a humanitarian mission on August 3, 2013. After crossing the Syrian border on her way to visit a hospital, ISIS kidnapped her. It was confirmed in February 2015, Mueller was killed while captured. U.S. officials stated her body was never found.
During the emotional interview, Carl sat next to his wife, Marsha Mueller, and told how they both went to Irbil to meet Umm Sayyaf, who is the wife of ISIS oil Abu Sayyaf. Delta Force killed Abu in May 2015 and took his wife prisoner. Kayla was kept inside their home, where al-Baghdadi sexually assaulted her. Carl stated in the interview, they “went against the advice of the FBI” to find out what happened to their daughter or if she was even alive.
He said, “When we talked to Umm Sayyaf, we found we got more information out of her, not just us, the people backing us. They got information from her that neither the Kurds or the U.S. government had got in the two days that we were there. It makes a big difference when you are talking to these people with a humanitarian attitude. We don’t care what you did, what you’ve done. We just want to know what you know about our daughter to bring her home.”
Carl Mueller continued, “We learned from women that were ransomed out by their governments that she said she was held in many cold, dark places, she was raped by al-Baghdadi, we know that to be a fact. She was murdered by him or someone in his organization. That’s what we’re pursuing, and that’s what we hope that President Trump will help us with.”
Kayla’s family filed for information on her death under the Freedom of Information Act, but they were denied. At this point, they are looking into a lawsuit to help them receive the documents needed with the information on their daughter’s death. Marsha Mueller told ABC News, “My only real goal is to bring Kayla home, back to Arizona, where she grew up and was born. So that’s what we’re trying to do.
President Trump said in his announcement Sunday morning, “U.S. special operations forces targeted al-Baghdadi in a nighttime raid in Syria on Saturday. The troops eventually cornered him and three young children that he had taken captive. Realizing that there was no way out, he detonated a suicide bomb inside of a dead-end tunnel, killing himself and the three children. He was a sick and depraved man. And now he’s gone. Baghdadi was vicious and violent. And he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.”
President Trump also mentioned in addition to Kayla, others who were murdered by al-Baghdadi, another humanitarian worker Peter Kassing, freelance writers, Steven Sotlof, and James Foley. Trump added, “Think of the things he did to Kayla. What he did to her was incredible. He kept her in captivity for a long period of time; he kept her in captivity, his personal captivity. She was a beautiful woman, beautiful young woman, helped people. She was there to help people.” He continued, “And he saw her, and he thought she was beautiful, and he brought her into captivity for a long period of time and then he killed her. He was an animal. And he was a gutless animal.”
The world can say good riddance to al-Baghdadi as we praise the U.S. Military forces who got the dangerous job done with no U.S. casualties. Only one K-9 was injured in the raid as everything was completed within hours. Our Commander in Chief can be praised for another job well done!