As more details of the successful mission to eliminate ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi unfold, we’re also learning a lot of interesting facts about that raid in Syria.
And this one is something worth knowing.
Brought to Justice
In a recent interview with “Meet the Press,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien revealed that the US military forces involved in the manhunt actually named the al-Baghdadi mission after Kayla Mueller, an American Christian woman and humanitarian aid worker, kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in 2013.
Mueller, 26, was held hostage by ISIS forces for 18 months and was reported to have been repeatedly raped by al-Baghdadi. She also refused to convert to Islam during her capture and was eventually killed during airstrikes in 2015.
“We finally brought justice to a man who beheaded two journalists and a humanitarian worker, Kayla Mueller, who’s working as a humanitarian. Great young, American idealistic young girl,” O’Brien said.
“General Milley of the Joint Chiefs of Staff named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller after what she’s suffered and that’s something that people should know — justice was brought to those Americans who were so brutally killed,” the National Security Adviser added.
Watch O’Brien’s interview here:
ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was confirmed killed in a US military raid in northwestern Syria Saturday, ending a years-long manhunt for one of the world’s most vicious terrorists responsible for the killing of thousands of people in incidents linked to ISIS.
Aside from Mueller, ISIS terrorists were also behind the deaths of freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as Peter Kassig, a humanitarian worker, killed in 2014.
Pres. Donald Trump, in a televised speech, said the terrorist “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering, crying and screaming all the way” — igniting his suicide vest when cornered at the end of his escape tunnel. The operation he said was made possible by the support and help of Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Syrian Kurds.
Mueller’s Parents Respond
Mueller’s parents told CBS affiliate KPHO-TV that they were “shocked” to learn of al-Baghdadi’s demise.
“One minute you’re sitting here watching a movie, and the next minute you get the news the man that raped and possibly murdered your daughter has been killed,” Carl Mueller said in that interview.
They also thanked Trump and the military for the successful operation in various media interviews but took a swipe at former Pres. Barack Obama on his administration’s handling of their daughter’s case. In particular, the Muellers “praised Trump for being more “decisive” than Obama.
“We are deeply touched by what he [Trump] said. We were grateful that they didn’t mess around and went right in,” Marsha Mueller told CNN in a phone interview.
“What this man did to Kayla – he kidnapped her,” Carl Mueller told the Arizona Republic separately. “She was held in many prisons. She was held in solitary confinement.”
“We are so grateful for them,” Marsha said of US military forces who carried out the Baghdadi operation and President Trump for giving the timely order.
Carl for his part said they appreciate that Trump knows the story of Kayla and the other Americans killed by al-al-Baghdadi.
“He [Trump] knows her story. He’s been briefed on it, and he knows, and that’s important to me. I don’t think anything would have stopped him from getting this guy.”
The Muellers said despite the death of al-Baghdadi, they still want to know what happened to their daughter and are willing to travel to Iraq to find answers and hopefully recover Kayla Mueller’s remains.And to former president Obama, Marsha said: “I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.”