Ambiguity surrounds fate of American aid worker


Kayla Muller. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – U.S. officials said that the American aid worker Kayla Muller, who was held by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), had been obliged to marry an IS militant during the period of captivity and her death cannot be verified despite the acknowledgement of her death by relatives last week. 

Official sources said it is not yet clear if Muller had been married off by force or sold, or if she was forced to accompany a militant, adding that the American intelligence suggest that the hostage was given as a bride to one of the radical group’s fighters.

Several conflicting reports were published recently about the fate of the American hostage, while investigations continue to reveal her fate.

Muller was captured last year by IS extremists in Syria. 

Speaking to ARA News, American journalist Ken Miller said that the information is not yet sufficient to confirm Muller’s death, adding that the pictures which showed the hostage wrapped in shroud “have not been verified yet”. 

“The CIA does not build its information and investigations on photographs,” he argued.

The Islamic State had announced last Friday that Muller, 26, was killed in a raid by the Jordanian Air Force on the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is the main stronghold of the radical group in Syria.


Reporing by: Mustafa Hamed

Source: ARA News

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