Father of American hostage Kayla Mueller, who died while held by the Islamic State group, has accused the Obama administration of putting its policy of not paying ransoms

February 24, 2015 1:02 am

The father of American hostage Kayla Mueller, who died while held by
the Islamic State group, has accused the Obama administration of putting
its policy of not paying ransoms “in front of American lives.”

fighters claimed Mueller, who was seized in the Syrian city of Aleppo
in August 2013, was killed in a February 6 coalition air strike that
buried her in rubble.
officials have pushed back, saying the circumstances of the 26-year-old aid worker’s death remain unclear.

died while being held by Isis. Photo / AP
The
girl’s father expressed strong reservations about the longstanding US
policy of refusing to negotiate with or pay ransom to foreign groups
that have kidnapped Americans, as the Mueller family broke its media
silence.
“We understand the policy about not paying ransom,” Carl Mueller told NBC television’s “Meet the Press.”

“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.”
Other Western countries, in contrast, are known to have paid large ransoms to free hostages.
The
interview with Mueller, his wife Marsha and his son Eric was conducted
Saturday. Excerpts aired Sunday, with the full interview set for
broadcast tomorrow on other NBC programs.
Asked whether President
Barack Obama’s administration did enough to free her daughter, Marsha
Mueller said: ” I think they wanted to. But I think again, it’s the
policy. And I don’t think anyone had any idea this group would be as
powerful as they were.”

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