ISIS Leader’s Wife Charged For Holding Kayla Mueller As Sex Slave

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The widow of a former Islamic State/ISIS leader killed in a US raid has been accused of providing material support to a foreign organisation which resulted in the death of the American aid worker Kayla Mueller.

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar -Umm Sayyaf – is charged by a US federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller as a sex slave for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and contributing to her death.

The Evening Standard reports:

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, admitted after her capture last May that she and her husband kept Mueller captive along with several other young female hostages, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case.

US officials said that while in custody, Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State.

The criminal complaint, filed by federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, charges Umm Sayyaf with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terror organisation, resulting in death.

The case was brought one year after Mueller was confirmed dead by her family and the Obama administration. It was unclear when or if Umm Sayyaf will be brought to the US to stand trial.

The 25-year-old Iraqi woman, who was captured last year, is currently in Iraqi custody and facing prosecution there.


Her husband, Abu Sayyaf, a former Islamic State minister for oil and gas, was killed last May in a Delta Force commando raid on his compound in Syria.

Ms Mueller, from Prescott, Arizona, was taken hostage with her boyfriend, Omar Alkhani, in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria, where he had been hired to fix the Internet service for the hospital. Mr Alkhani was released after two months, having been beaten.

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