Obama confirms death of female US hostage
Iran Press TV
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:29PM
US President Barack Obama has confirmed the death of female American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller in a coalition airstrike in northern Syria last week.
'No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla's captivity and death,' Obama said in a statement on Tuesday.
The ISIL terrorist group said in a statement on Friday that Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, whom it was holding near the city of Raqqa was killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held.
'The plane from the crusader coalition bombed a position outside the city of Raqqa after Friday prayers,' the statement said. 'No fighter was wounded but we can confirm that an American hostage was killed in the strikes.'
The White House said on Tuesday that over the weekend ISIL had sent Mueller's family a 'private message' and provided additional information about his death which was 'authenticated' by US intelligence agencies.
The parents of the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker, who was taken captive in the northern Syria city of Aleppo in August 2013, said they were heartbroken.
'We are so proud of the person Kayla was and the work that she did while she was here with us. She lived with purpose, and we will work every day to honor her legacy,' Parents Carl and Marsha Mueller said.
'Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue on in peace, dignity, and love for her,' they added.
The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, have beheaded three American, two British and two Japanese hostages in recent months. The videos of their beheadings were posted online.
Last week, an ISIL video surfaced showing the terrorists purportedly torching a captured Jordanian pilot, 26-year-old Moaz al-Kassasbeh, to death. After the incident, Jordan's King Abdullah vowed to wage a 'harsh' war against ISIL.
The Takfiris, who control parts of territory in Syria and Iraq, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
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