Wife of ISIS leader charged in US in killing of American aid worker Kayla Mueller
WASHINGTON: United States Justice Department has said that the wife of a senior Islamic State leader has been charged for aiding a US aid worker. The Justice Department said that the wife of the Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid in the year 2015 has been charged with holding US national Kayla Mueller hostage and actions that led to the aid workerâ€™s death.
Reports that appeared in the media earlier suggested that Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, known by her kunniyat Umm Sayyaf had admitted that she and her husband, a top ISIS leader, kept Mueller captive along with several other young female hostages.
On the other hand many senior U.S. officials have said that while in custody, Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.
In the meantime the criminal complaint, filed in federal court in Virginia, charges Umm Sayyaf with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terror organization, resulting in death.
It is more than a year since the confirmation of Muellerâ€™s death. Nonetheless it is not yet clear when or if the ISIS leaderâ€™s wife will be brought to the U.S. to stand trial. The 25-year-old Iraqi woman is currently in Iraqi custody and facing prosecution there. Her husband, Abu Sayyaf, was neutralized in a raid conducted by US special forces last year.
In a statement released to the media, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the Justice Department’s national security division said, “We fully support the Iraqi prosecution of Sayyaf and will continue to work with the authorities there to pursue our shared goal of holding Sayyaf accountable for her crimesâ€¦At the same time, these charges reflect that the U.S. justice system remains a powerful tool to bring to bear against those who harm our citizens abroad. We will continue to pursue justice for Kayla and for all American victims of terrorism.”