Mike Pence, who invited the woman’s parents to the meeting, accused Obama and Biden of not having done enough to rescue her from ISIS.
One of the most tense moments of the debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris revolved around Kayla Mueller, the young American who was hostage to ISIS In Syria Y died in 2015 in unclear circumstances.
Pence, the current vice president of the United States, blamed the administration of Barack Obama for not having done more to save the volunteer who was kidnapped by the terrorist group in the city of Aleppo, in 2013.
“The truth is that when Joe Biden was vice president, we had a chance to save Kayla Mueller,” said Donald Trump’s deputy. “Thinking about it breaks my heart, but the military went to the Oval Office with a plan: they knew where kayla was“he added.
Among the public that attended the debate at the University of Utah were Mueller’s parents, who have praised Trump for his decision to authorize the military mission that assassinated the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, en 2019.
“(Trump) really cares about the lives of American hostages“Marsha and Carl Mueller recently stated in an interview with the EFE agency, who were in charge of making a difference in behavior with that of their predecessor, Barack Obama.
“All American hostage families asked to see President Obama and he refused to see us. He did not see us until ISIS beheaded two American hostages,” they added.
Kayla Mueller’s case shocked the United States and the world in 2015. The young woman from Prescott, Arizona, had arrived in Turkey in December 2012 to help refugees fleeing civil war which at that time was ravaging Syria.
In August 2013, he traveled to a post of the NGO Doctors without Borders (MSF) in the city of Aleppo, Syria. It is unclear why he made this trip, given that the country was considered a place highly dangerous for foreign volunteers, due to the risk of kidnapping.
Aware of the danger, MSF actually tried to get Mueller to quickly return to Turkey, and they took her to a bus station. The young man was kidnapped by ISIS after the car that took her to the station was intercepted.
From that moment on, the US government carried out numerous attempts for rescuing Mueller.
The episode Pence referred to during the debate dates back to the months that followed the kidnapping.
According to information published by Fox News based on anonymous sources, in May 2014, the government I knew where I was Mueller, but did not order a mission, saying he needed to gather more intelligence.
In July 2014, an Army commando group raided an old refinery in Aleppo, only to discover that the prisoners had already been transferred.
Evidence was discovered inside that the hostages had been housed there. There were writings on the walls, and even strands of hair believed to belong to Mueller.
Mueller’s family even suggested to Obama that he propose to ISIS a prisoner exchange: the life of Kayla for that of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani man sentenced in the US to 86 years in prison for terrorism.
Government never made progress with this initiative.