Charged: ISIS Leader’s Wife Complicit in Death of American
Tue, February 9, 2016
Kayla Mueller (ABC TV screenshot)
The FBI charged Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, 25, with involvement in the killing of American citizen Kayla Mueller in Syria.
Bahar was the wife of ISIS’ self-declared caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was reportedly killed in a raid in May 2015. Bahar is currently in detention in Iraq and could face life imprisonment.
Bahar confirmed to investigators what had been previously published: Baghdadi enslaved Mueller.
Earlier a Yazidi eyewitness, who also suffered sexual assault, apparently told American officials of Mueller’s torture and rape.
"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, confirmed to ABC News.
"They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means," Carl Mueller, told The Associated Press.
ISIS held the 26-year old from Arizona for some 18 months before she was killed. The Islamic State maintains she lost her life during an attack by coalition forces in February.
Much of the evidence on Mueller’s torment came from a 14-year-old Yazidi girl, who said she spent two months in a house with Mueller before escaping in October 2014. Al-Baghdadi would take Mueller to his room and then on her return, Mueller would tell the other captive women and children what the ISIS leader had done to her.
The Yazidi said Mueller refused to escape with her and others because she could endanger them as she was more-easily recognizable. She also cared for other captives during their time together.
The Islamic State has a track record of enslaving women, selling them in markets and repeatedly raping them before passing them on to other fighters.
This video looks at Mueller's death and the subsequent investigation: