Kayla Mueller was confirmed to have been killed while in ISIS captivity back in February of this year. Today, on what would have been her 27th birthday, her parents say that they were told by U.S. intelligence officials that Kayla was raped and sexually abused by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while being held by the now-dead Abu Sayyaf.
“They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means,” Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told The Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter’s 27th birthday. Her death was reported in February.
Her mother, Marsha Mueller, added, “Kayla did not marry this man. He took her to his room and he abused her and she came back crying.”
A-Baghdadi was badly wounded in early May, ISIS claimed, and was permanently incapacitated. Nothing more has been heard from him, and he may now be dead. Abu Sayyaf, as readers of this blog will remember, was killed in May by Army Special Forces during a raid in Syria. His wife, Umm Sayyaf, was taken into custody. At the time, officials also said that one Yazidi teenage girl had been freed during the raid. It is now being revealed that at least three Yazidi girls were also kept as sex slaves along with Kayla Mueller, and that two of them managed to escape.