Horrifying details have emerged in the case of Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker taken hostage by ISIS in 2013 and killed this past Feb. The Arizona native had been held as a sex slave by her captors. So sad.
On what would have been her 27th birthday, Kayla Mueller’s parents granted an interview Aug. 14 where they revealed their daughter was repeatedly raped and tortured before her death. According to U.S. counter terrorism officials, she had been held as a sex slave by top ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad before her mysterious death last winter.
“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 terror leader personally brought the enslaved 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker to be a prisoner held inside the home of Abu Sayyaf, a Tunisian in charge of oil and gas revenue for ISIS. Abu Sayaaf was tracked down and killed in May by a U.S. Delta Force Team, but not in time to save Kayla.
Kayla hailed from Prescott, Arizona and was taken hostage in 2013 while working in southern Turkey with Syrian refugees. On Aug. 3 of that year, she drove a friend into the bombed-out Syrian city of Aleppo and was driving back from a Spanish Doctors Without Borders hospital when she was taken hostage. She spent two and a half harrowing years as a prisoner before ISIS claims she was killed in a Coalition-led airstrike on the terror group in Feb. of this year. The Pentagon maintains she was killed by her captors.
Worked To End Suffering In Syria
News of her horrific ordeal came from two other young women captured and held at the same location. They were later able to escape and tell U.S. Agents of Kayla’s whereabouts at the Sayaaf compound. But not in time to save Kayla’s life.
In 2013 Kayla told the Daily Courier that “For as long as I live, I will not let this suffering be normal,” she said. “[I will not let this be] something we just accept…It’s important to stop and realize what we have, why we have it and how privileged we are. And from that place, start caring and get a lot done.”
HollywoodLifers, our hearts go out to her family and friends on this tragic and horrible news.
— Beth Shilliday