New reports have confirmed that American ISIS hostage Kayla Jean Mueller has been killed.
Last week, ISIS claimed that Kayla, 26, had been killed in a Jordanian airstrike. However, many, including Kayla’s family, expressed skepticism at these claims, saying it may be an anti-Jordan propaganda stunt. Unfortunately, the young woman’s family’s hopes were dashed over the weekend when they received a devastating email from ISIS.
“Over the weekend, the family received a private message from Kayla’s ISIL captors containing additional information,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, according to Mad World News. “Once this information was authenticated by the intelligence community, they concluded that Kayla was deceased.”
This message reportedly included photos of Kayla’s body.
“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life,” Carl and Marsha Mueller said in a statement, along with their son Eric. “Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.”
“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,” the statement read. He went on to say that ISIS is a “hateful and abhorrent group,” whose actions could not be more different from the person Kayla was.
While Obama’s words may seem tough for a change, his actions thus far against ISIS have been extremely weak. Kayla had been a hostage of ISIS’s since August of 2013, and since then Obama has done very little, if anything, to fight the terrorist group.
Had Obama taken action earlier, perhaps Kayla and the other hostages would still be alive. We can only hope that Obama actually means it this time when he says action will be taken against ISIS.