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Widow of Islamic State leader charged over US hostage’s death

The widow of a former senior leader in the Islamic State has been charged with conspiracy in the death of a US hostage.

US authorities said Kayla Mueller was abducted when working in Aleppo, Syria and died last year.

The woman charged – 25-year-old Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, known as Umm Sayyaf – is currently in Iraqi custody.

Prosecutors say Sayyaf kept Ms Mueller captive, allowing her to be repeatedly raped by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Her husband, Abu Sayyaf, is described in an affidavit as IS minister for oil and gas, reporting directly to Baghdadi.

Abu Sayyaf died last May when his compound in Syria was raided by US special forces.


BBC

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