ISIS Terror Obama Confirms Death Of Female US Hostage Held By Islamic State

Kayla Mueller has died after ISIS claimed the 26-year-old Arizona native by a coalition airstrike in Syria.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

President Barack Obama has confirmed the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, who had been held by the Islamic State in Syria.

"No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla's captivity and death," he said in a statement.

The 26-year-old aid worker from Arizona was captured in August 2013 in Aleppo.

The IS group claimed last week she had been killed in an air strike by a Jordanian warplane in the Syrian city of Raqa, the militant group's self-proclaimed "capital."

The White House said that over the weekend IS had sent Mueller's family a "private message" with additional information, which was “authenticated” by intelligence, allowing them to confirm her death.

Parents Carl and Marsha Mueller voiced their heartbreak at the death of their daughter, but said they were proud of her and the humanitarian work she did.

"We are so proud of the person Kayla was and the work that she did while she was here with us. She lived with purpose, and we will work every day to honor her legacy."

"Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue on in peace, dignity, and love for her."

In a letter from captivity in early 2014 - which was partially redacted - Muller said she was "completely unharmed" by her captors but heavy-hearted about the toll it must be taken on her family.

"Just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears," she wrote in the letter released by her family.

"If you could say I have 'suffered' at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through."

She dreamt about family camping trips and imagined meeting them at the airport if she were released.

"I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation."

Obama praised Mueller's humanitarian work at home, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

"Kayla dedicated her life to helping others in need at home and around the world. In Prescott, Arizona, she volunteered at a women's shelter and worked at an HIV/AIDS clinic."

"She worked with humanitarian organizations in India, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, compelled by her desire to serve others.

"Eventually, her path took her to Turkey, where she helped provide comfort and support to Syrian refugees forced to flee their homes during the war."

Source:AFP

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Christmas Hamper Nana Addo rejects $500,000 from corporate organisationbullet
2 Francisca Oteng-Mensah 24 year old MP complains about unbearable...bullet
3 Asantehemaa's Death Funeral of Asantehemaa underway [Photos]bullet
4 Manhyia Palace One shot, several collapse at Asantehemaa’s funeralbullet
5 Asantehemaa's Death I'm homeless; Otumfuo Osei Tutu II pays...bullet
6 Asantehemaa’s Funeral Nana Afia Kobi to be buried with gold...bullet
7 Corruption I'll make sure Opuni goes to jail - Kennedy Agyapongbullet
8 Ghana Armed Forces Army chief charged with pick-up theftbullet
9 Nayele Cocaine Saga Nayele Ametefe's assets confiscation...bullet
10 Crime Ghanaian arrested with cocaine in Indiabullet

Top Videos

1 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his 23-year-old...bullet
2 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US borderbullet
3 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
4 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
5 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
6 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
7 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
8 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at...bullet
9 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
10 Bishop Obinim Saga Teenagers disciplined by Obinim...bullet

News