ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi personally raped Kayla Mueller repeatedly before her death in captivity, counter-terrorism officials recently told her parents.
Al-Baghdadi delivered the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker to the home of ISIS official Abu Sayyaf, where she was imprisoned, and where al-Baghdadi regularly returned to sexually assault her, counter-terrorism officials told ABC news. “He delivered Kayla Mueller, live and in person,” one official said.
The report refutes rumors Kayla had cooperated with her captors or been a willing spouse of Sayyaf toward the end of her one and a half years of captivity. Her death was confirmed in February, although exactly how she was killed is unclear. (RELATED: 14 Years Later, Al-Qaida’s HQ Is Once Again In Afghanistan)
A U.S. Army hostage-rescue unit killed Sayyaf — a Tunisian in charge of oil and gas revenue — during a raid of his compound in May, but took his wife, Umm Sayyaf, and several captives alive. (RELATED: Who Was Abu Sayyaf?)
Umm “spilled everything” while under interrogation, including information about al-Baghdadi’s role in Kayla’s capture and details about ISIS leaders’ locations and patterns of life, a counter-terrorism official told ABC News. Two teenage Yezedi girls rescued from the compound also provided information about Kayla’s life at the compound.
“We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi,” Carl and Marsha Mueller told ABC News Thursday. “We were told that in June by the government.”
The U.S. announced last week that Umm was delivered to Kurdish authorities in Iraq expected to deal out a quick sentence and punishment.
Mueller would have turned 27 Friday.
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