ISIS claimed Kayla Mueller died during Jordanian airstrike on a Syrian storage facility where she was being held prisoner.
By Rakesh Raman
As soon as the White House confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller, a hostage of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), her family released a letter that Mueller had written last year.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby expressed the U.S. Defense Department’s condolences Tuesday to the family of American Kayla Mueller, who reportedly died in an airstrike Feb. 6 while she was held hostage by ISIS extremists.
In the hand-written letter to her family, Mueller said, “I know you would want me to remain strong, that is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me. Continue to pray. By God’s will we will be together soon.”
It is not clear how the letter was delivered to her family. Mueller, 26, from Prescott, Ariz., was a humanitarian aid worker in northern Syria in August 2013 when she was taken hostage by ISIS, according to reports.
ISIS claimed Mueller died during Friday’s Jordanian airstrike on a Syrian storage facility where she was being held prisoner, Kirby said.
Jordan had stepped up its offensive against ISIS when the terrorists released a video which claimed they have burnt alive their hostage – a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh after locking him in a cage.
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Jordan is part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. The death of Mueller in the Jordanian airstrikes raises question about the accuracy of attacks. It is largely believed that the coalition airstrikes are hitting civilian areas instead of ISIS’ locations.
Kirby said the building that was struck was “a legitimate target, a known weapons storage facility that ISIL (ISIL is an American term for ISIS) had been using.”
“We have no indication that there were civilian casualties as a result of those strikes or collateral damage,” he said of ISIL’s claim.
“Let’s not forget in whose hands this woman died,” he said. “And let’s not forget who’s ultimately responsible for it: ISIL.”
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Photo courtesy: Kayla Mueller Family
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