Kayla Mueller was last known US hostage held by ISIS

Kayla Mueller was last known US hostage held by ISIS

President Barack Obama said that Kayla Jean Mueller, the US aid worker, who was killed by Islamic State extremists, was one of the hostages sought in an unsuccessful US rescue attempt last year.

In an interview with the website BuzzFeed Tuesday, Obama confirmed for the first time in public that Mueller was in the group, which included journalist James Foley. And it was the group that US special operations forces attempted to rescue in northern Syria last August, but found that they had been moved.

At first, the raid was revealed by the White House after Islamic State released a video of Foley’s beheading on August 19. “We devoted enormous resources and always devote enormous resources to freeing captives or hostages anywhere in the world”, Obama said.

He said that the US will keep on refusing ransom demands of terrorists even when denying them is a very tough thing to do. Photographs received by Mueller’s family were used to confirm the death of the 26-year-old Arizona woman, who was a captive of Islamic State since August 2013.

As per a person familiar with the investigation, the photos were examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which verified with a high-degree of confidence that the photos were of Mueller and this confirmed her death.

According to the person and a defense official, there was no evidence about how or when Mueller died and both requested anonymity for discussing intelligence matters. Obama talked twice with Mueller’s family, and expressed his condolences.

Obama said in the BuzzFeed interview that she was an outstanding young woman with a great spirit and that spirit will live on. Arizona, where Mueller was brought up gathered in grief Tuesday upon learning about her death.

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