Seeking Truth About the Death of American Hostage Kayla Mueller

PolitiChicks.comThe death of ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf has left U.S. officials investigating the possibility that he once held American aid worker Kayla Mueller hostage. Sayyaf had many alias but his real name is believed to be Fathi ben Awn ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi. According to U.S. Intel, Sayyaf is the Islamic State’s head of oil operations.

His wife, Umm Sayyaf, is currently being interrogated by U.S. officials. They are hoping to obtain information on ISIL operations and any potential American hostages.

Mueller was taken hostage in August 2013 after she and her boyfriend left a Doctors Without Borders hospital. In February, ISIS claimed Mueller was killed in the Jordanian air attack. U.S. officials remain skeptical about that certainty.

Since her confirmed death, her alma mater, Northern Arizona University, created the Kayla Jean Mueller Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship seeks to reward students interested in pursuing a career in humanitarian relief.

“The point of the scholarship was to inspire our students to lead lives of service and to follow her example of bravery in the face of unknown and that inner peace she seemed to have,” Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Anne Morgan said.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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