Baghdadi Was Buried At Sea, US Military Commander Says

Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seen here in an image grab taken from an April 2019 propaganda video, was killed in a raid by USA special forces on a house in northwestern Syria.

Mueller's parents, Marsha and Carl Mueller said in an interview on Sunday that they once traveled to Irbil, Syria, where they met Umm Sayyaf, the wife of ISIS militant Abu Sayyaf, and others who had made contact with their daughter.

Kayla's parents, Carl and Martha Mueller, told the "Today Show" that following ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death over the weekend, they were able to speak to President Trump.

The US military operation to kill Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named after Kayla Mueller. Her death was confirmed in 2015 but the body was never recovered.

The couple from Arizona, say while their hope that she still may be alive is only a "one percent chance", they will not be satisfied until they bring her remains home.

"When we talked to Umm Sayyaf, we found we got more information out of her, not just us, the people backing us - they got information from her that neither the Kurds or the United States government had got in the two days that we were there", Carl Mueller said.

She said her daughter al-Baghdadi's death "was for all of us" to end the terror madman's reign of terror around the world.

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"I would ask our president if he would please use this American expertise to bring innocent Americans home because there are hundreds of innocent Americans who have been taken hostage or are unjustly detained around the world", she said.

"The only thing they based Kayla's death on is one, ISIS said she was dead and two, the photos. Kayla would want it to be for everyone, all the people that she was with".

"[ISIS] is a very shrewd and hateful group", she said. "We were grateful that they didn't mess around and went right in", Marsha Mueller said.

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi was killed in a military strike in Syria.

And he said that another captive told him that she was tortured while in captivity. And the answer is: "Because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington", Trump said. She was held in captivity for months and forced into a marriage with al-Baghdadi before being killed by a Jordanian airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. "It didn't matter if they didn't think exactly like you or if they thought differently".

"This is something President Trump has been working on both to get troops on the ground, airplanes in the air and money flowing to stabilisation in that area from partners and allies who are in the coalition", said the official, who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity. "And he was a gutless animal", he added. "It's a win for democracy, and it's a win for freedom and it's a win for people who don't believe in torture and raping young women".

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