Monday, February 8, 2016

Widow of IS Leader Charged in US Hostage Death; Held Kayla Jean Mueller as Slave before She Died

The wife of a now-deceased Islamic State (IS) leader was charged today (February 8, 2016) for her role in last year's death of American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller, the USA Today website reports.

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, 25, the widow of former IS leader Abu Sayyaf, allegedly conspired to provide support to the terrorist group, often forcibly holding Mueller in the couple's homes where she was subjected to repeated sexual abuses by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Mueller died 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.

Sayyaf -- now being held on terror-related charges in Iraq -- 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 IS members and al-Baghdadi at her home. If convicted, Sayyaf faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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