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    Wife of IS Leader Charged in Death of US Hostage

    FILE - This undated handout file photo obtained Feb. 6, 2015, courtesy of the Mueller family and the office of U.S. Senator John McCain shows 26-year-old Kayla Jean Mueller.
    FILE - This undated handout file photo obtained Feb. 6, 2015, courtesy of the Mueller family and the office of U.S. Senator John McCain shows 26-year-old Kayla Jean Mueller.

    The U.S. Justice Department has charged the wife of a now-deceased Islamic State leader for her alleged role in last year's death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller.

    Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar and her husband, Abu Sayyaf, are accused of holding Mueller and other women captive in their home. U.S. officials say Mueller was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during her captivity.

    Mueller was killed in February 2015.

    Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, "knew how Mueller was treated by Baghdadi when Mueller was held against her will in Sayyaf's home,'' federal prosecutors said Monday.

    Abu Sayyaf was killed in a Delta Force commando raid of his Syrian compound in June, and his wife was turned over to Iraqi authorities for prosecution.

    Umm Sayyaf allegedly admitted to FBI agents last summer that she was chiefly responsible for Mueller and other hostages while her husband traveled. On those occasions, she acknowledged hosting Islamic State members and al-Baghdadi at her home.

    Sayyaf told interrogators that al-Baghdadi "owned" Mueller during her captivity at the Sayyaf residence, and acknowledged that "owning" is equivalent to slavery. 

    The Justice Department said it plans to "pursue justice for Kayla and for all American victims of terrorism."

    If convicted, Sayyaf faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 09, 2016 1:55 PM
    These people cannot be described as human because even savages have some connection with fellow humans, it's in human nature. Instead these people are like rabid animals. All you can do is hunt them down and destroy them. A way must be found to cauterize the infection. A way must be found to terrorize not only terrorists but would be terrorists.

    We need the help not just of Moslems but of psychologists and psychiatrists to devise an effective strategy that will be applied all over the world. Rational talk will not work, it will take something much more powerful and the whole world must be inoculated with it.

    by: lone eagle from: Bangkok, Thailand
    February 09, 2016 7:09 AM
    If for some implausible reason Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar escapes man's justice she will certainly not escape God's Justice for what she did to Kayla Mueller, the Mueller Family or the other women hostages.

    by: Moses608 from: Kenya
    February 09, 2016 6:51 AM
    Well,let her answer for the crime.The rest will come later.I hope she gets capital punishment.

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