Is­lamic State leader raped ab­ducted US aid worker

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

US aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was held hostage by mil­i­tant Is­lamist group the Is­lamic State un­til her death in Fe­bru­ary, was re­port­edly raped by the terror group’s leader while in cap­tiv­ity.

The BBC re­ports that coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cials told Mueller’s par­ents that she had been sex­u­ally abused by Is­lamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi while be­ing held in Syria.

Mueller was ab­ducted in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013, where she was work­ing as an aid worker. Ac­cord­ing to The Guardian, she was held for some time by Abu Sayyaf, an Is­lamic State fi­nancier, and his wife Umm Sayyaf. It was at their home where Bagh­dadi is said to have held her as his wife, re­peat­edly rap­ing her, Mueller’s par­ents, Carl and Mar­sha, were told by US se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

The In­de­pen­dent re­ported that US of­fi­cials had been given the in­for­ma­tion by a Yazidi teenager who had been held along­side Mueller.

The 14-year-old talked to US of­fi­cials, who cor­rob­o­rated her ac­count with other in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials and passed it on to Mueller’s par­ents in June, fam­ily spokesper­son Emily Len­zner told the pa­per.

The Is­lamic State claimed that Mueller had been killed dur­ing a US airstrike in Jor­dan. But ac­cord­ing to The Guardian, her fam­ily be­lieved that Mueller might have been mur­dered by the Is­lamic State in re­tal­i­a­tion for Jor­dan’s killing of Sa­jida al-Rishawi, who par­tic­i­pated in the 2005 ho­tel sui­cide bomb­ings in Amman.

Shortly be­fore her death, Mueller wrote a let­ter to her fam­ily in which she said that she had been “treated with the ut­most re­spect + kind­ness”, adding that she was be­ing kept in a safe lo­ca­tion, “com­pletely un­harmed + healthy”.

The Is­lamic State, re­ported, claims the Qur’an jus­ti­fies tak­ing non-Mus­lim women and girls cap­tive, that they can be sold as “prop­erty” and that the rape of cap­tive women is per­mis­si­ble.

Bagh­dadi re­mains the group’s top leader.

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