American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June.
Al-Baghdadi personally brought the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker, who’s death was reported in February, to be imprisoned inside the home of Abu Sayyaf, a Tunisian in charge of oil and gas revenue for the terrorist group, and his wife, known as Umm Sayyaf.
According to TheBlaze, Al-Baghdadi took Mueller as a “wife,” repeatedly raping her when he visited, according to a Yazidi teenager who was held with Mueller and escaped in October 2014.
“They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means,” Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told The Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter’s 27th birthday.
Her mother, Marsha Mueller, added, “Kayla did not marry this man. He took her to his room and he abused her and she came back crying.”
Umm Sayyaf confirmed that al-Baghdadi had “owned” Kayla during Umm Sayyaf’s lengthy American interrogation in Iraq, the Muellers said they were told by American officials.
Abu Sayyaf was killed in a Delta Force raid of his Syrian compound in June, which resulted in mass gathering of information about ISIS. Umm Sayyaf was handed over to the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq last week to face trial.
Mueller was held with three other women, all Yazidis, who were all sexually abused. When al-Baghdadi visited, he would take Mueller to his room, and afterwards she would tell her fellow captives what had happened.
“Kayla tried to protect these young girls,” her mother said. “She was like a mother figure to them.”
When the teenaged Yazidi girl escaped with her sister, she asked Mueller to accompany her, the parents were told, but Kayla refused because of her concerns that her Western appearance would lead to their capture.
By the time the Yazidi escapee reported the situation to Delta Force commandos in Iraq, Kayla had been moved, her parents were told.
Mueller 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.
Mueller had begged him to let her come with because she wanted to do relief work in the war-ravaged country.
Alkhani was released after two months of being beaten.
The Islamic State claimed Mueller was killed in a Jordanian air strike near Raqqah, the group’s self-declared capital in Syria. U.S. officials confirmed the death but not the circumstances.
The information that has come to light appears to contradict Mueller’s letter that she wrote in captivity in 2014 and smuggled out to her family to convey to them that she was being treated well. In it, Mueller said she was being treated with the “utmost respect + kindness.