Father of Murdered ISIS Hostage Bombshell: “Obama Put Policy in Front of American Citizens’ Lives”

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The father of an ISIS murder hostage victim is accusing the Obama administration of putting policy in front of the lives of American citizens when dealing with the Middle East terrorist organization.

In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, Carl Mueller, father of slain aid worker Kayla Mueller, explains his conflicted feelings related to the administration’s reaction to ISIS demands.

Carl Mueller, father of ISIS hostage murder victim, Kayla Mueller.

Carl Mueller, father of ISIS hostage murder victim, Kayla Mueller.

“We understand the policy about not paying ransom,” he said. “But on the other hand, any parents out there would understand that you would want anything and everything done to bring your child home.

And we tried. And we asked. But they put policy in front of American citizens’ lives.”

Mueller explains his ambivalent feelings about the government’s refusal to negotiate with ISIS during the months that they held his daughter captive.

Kayla Mueller disappeared from an Aleppo, Syria Doctors without Borders hospital in August 2013 and is believed to have died on February 6, 2015. ISIS blames her death on strikes by Jordanian air forces, though the Obama administration has been quick to say that there is no proof that Jordanian forces caused Kayla’s death.

American aide worker, Kayla Mueller, disappeared from Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

American aide worker, Kayla Mueller, disappeared from Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

(Readers may remember that though the Jordanians asked for US intelligence on the ISIS targets, no such intel was provided to the Jordanian government.)

Mueller points out that other Western countries are known to have paid millions to secure the release of their nationals.

Carl Mueller also said, “I don’t think anyone had any idea this group would be as powerful as they were.”

NBC news also reports, “In August, a U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that ransom payments are one of ISIS’s major sources of income, with “tens of millions of dollars” paid by some European governments and wealthy relatives of the kidnap victims over the past two years.

The low end of the estimate range is “well above $25 million,” the official said on condition of anonymity.”

Slain ISIS Hostage’s Dad: U.S. Put Ransom Policy Ahead of Lives

Slain ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller’s father has accused the Obama administration of putting its policy of not paying ransoms “in front of American citizens’ lives.” In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, Carl Mueller said he had mixed feelings about the government’s refusal to negotiate with terrorist groups who kidnapped foreigners. Other Western countries are known to have paid millions to secure the release of their nationals. He said, “We understand the policy about not paying ransom. But on the other hand, any parents out there would understand that you would want anything and everything done to bring your child home.”

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