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28 October 2019 18:37

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Donald Trump

Al-Baghdadi operation was named after US aid worker Kayla Mueller who was tortured by the IS leader

The parents of Kayla Mueller, who was raped and tortured by slain ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, say she could still be alive if Obama had been as decisive as Trump, as they revealed yesterday how they secretly met her captors after her death. Praising President Donald Trump on Sunday after the announcement of Baghdadi's death, Marsha Mueller told the Arizona Republic: 'I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.' Meanwhile Carl Mueller, the 26-year-old's father, spoke of his gratitude to General Mark Milley for dedicating the mission to his daughter who died while an ISIS captive in 2015. Her body was never recovered, but Carl Mueller revealed he and his wife traveled from Arizona to Syria to try to recover her remains and met with an ISIS bride who had kept the American locked up for Baghdadi to sexually abuse. President Donald Trump praised Mueller as a 'beautiful young woman' on Sunday when he announced the death of the leader of the so-called caliphate, who blew himself up, along with three of his children, during a raid by US special forces. 'We just learned that the whole thing was dedicated to Kayla thanks to General [Mark] Milley and it's very touching,' Carl Mueller told ABC News Sunday.

Security was tightened at Syrian prison camps amid fears of riots or revenge attacks following the ISIS leader's death; Donald Trump said he was considering releasing footage of the special forces raid which cornered Baghdadi at his compound in Syria; Kayla Mueller, an American humanitarian worker, was taken prisoner in 2013 after she crossed over the Turkish border to visit a hospital in war-ravaged Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet, was killed in a US special forces raid in northwestern Syria over the weekend 'Sleeper cells will seek revenge for Baghdadi's death,' said Mazloum Abdi, the top commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Trump announced Sunday morning that Baghdadi 'died like a dog' as the result of a raid on his hideout in northwest Syria. No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi's fighters and companions were killed with him,' Trump said during his rare Sunday morning remarks. Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Mueller, who was raped and tortured by slain ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, say she could still be alive if Obama had been as decisive as Trump Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic caliphate, blew himself up during the targeted attack on his lair in Syria's Idlib province in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Trump said, without explanation on Saturday that 'Something very big has just happened!' and the White House confirmed the president would be addressing the nation on Sunday morning Russia offers guarded praise to Trump over Baghdadi raid Russia today gave Donald Trump a muted round of applause for his mission against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but insisted that the ISIS leader's death had yet to be confirmed. Trump watched the special forces operation to kill Baghdadi via drone footage, instead of a body-worn camera. The Prescott, Arizona parents of slain American hostage Kayla Mueller say they have mixed emotions about the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Her father, Carl Mueller, told CBS affiliate KPHO-TV that the news of the ISIS leader's death left him in shock. Mueller's parents told President Trump Sunday that they would be willing to go to Iraq to get answers about their daughter.

The parents of an American hostage killed in the custody of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said it brought them solace to know the US military dedicated to her the special forces operation that killed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of al-Baghdadi in Syria's northwest Idlib province on Sunday, announcing from the White House the United States had "brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice". Commenting on Trump's speech, her father Carl Mueller told ABC News on Sunday that Trump's dedication of the military operation to his daughter was "very touching". No US troops were hurt in the operation, said Trump, adding sensitive information was taken from the ISIL compound by US special forces. The family of slain aid worker and ISIS prisoner Kayla Mueller on Sunday praised President Trump and the commandos who pulled off the daring raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi--but also delivered a stinging rebuke regarding President Obama's handling of Mueller's capture.

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The mission that killed al-Baghdadi in his Idlib hideout this weekend was named after Mueller, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Sunday morning on "Meet The Press." Marsha Mueller, the woman's mother, praised President Trump and the Special Operations commandos who raided the compound and told the Arizona Republic that she believes if "Obama had been as decisive as Trump" her daughter may still be alive. Kayla Mueller's parents said on Sunday that they hope the ISIS leader's death will reveal more answers about what happened to their daughter. "She was held in many prisons," Carl Mueller, her father, told the Republic on Sunday. Trump, in the meantime, described the weekend raid in northwest Syria and said military helicopters flew over a territory now controlled by Russian and Syrian forces before it landed at the compound. Trump said al-Baghdadi died after he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself. Trump said three children who were with al-Baghdadi were also killed in the blast. Carl Mueller, who was a supporter of Trump's 2016, told the Republic that the president knew his daughter's story.