[Ed. – When was the last proof of life for Mueller? We have to assume she could have been dead for some time now.]
The young American hostage who Islamic State says was killed in a Jordanian air strike was condemned to death by the militant group last year, according to an American Muslim activist.
Islamic State seized aid worker Kayla Mueller in 2013 in northern Syria and initially gave her a “life sentence” in retaliation for the jailing in Texas of a Pakistani woman whose case is a well-known cause among Islamist militants, said activist Mauri Saalakhan, who leads a U.S. campaign to free the Pakistani. …
Mueller’s family has not given details of any communication with the militant group and Saalakhan’s information could not be verified by Reuters.
Saalakhan said that last summer, as Islamic State extended its control over parts of Iraq and Syria, the group threatened to kill Mueller. Saalakhan first mentioned the “sentencing” of Mueller in an open letter to the group he released last year.
On July 12, militants told Mueller’s family she would be executed in 30 days if Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui were not released or the American’s family did not pay a ransom of 5 million euros ($6.6 million), he said. …
Islamic State apparently did not carry out its death sentence after Saalakhan and an Arizona pastor wrote open letters to the group.