Operation to kill Baghdadi was named after his victim

Kayla Mueller. File photo.

New Delhi (NVI): The operation that killed the world’s most dreaded terrorist and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was called “Kayla Mueller”, in the name of the humanitarian aid worker who was brutally tortured and killed while in captive of the terrorist outfit.

Kayla Mueller was an American humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona. She was taken captive in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria, after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital.

According to media reports, the White House National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien had said that the codename to the operation was named after Kayla Mueller.

The young American aid worker was being held captive by the Islamic State and its offshoots and was repeatedly raped by Baghdadi. In February 2015, it was confirmed that Mueller died in ISIS custody after a “Jordanian airstrike” in Raqqa.

After the death of Baghdadi, the White House in a statement said, Baghdadi and the losers who worked with him – in some cases people who had no idea what they were getting into and how dangerous and unglamorous it was – killed many people. Their murder of innocent Americans Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller were especially heinous”.

US President Donald Trump on October 27 announced the death of ISIS leader Baghdadi. He said that Baghdadi, who blew himself by triggering his suicide vest in a dead end tunnel of his hideout compound in northwest Syria, was sought by him from day one of his presidency.