Did Jordanian air strikes on Islamic State kill American hostage?

The Islamic State says that an American female aid worker, held for a year and a half, was killed in an air strike conducted by Jordan in retaliation for the murder of one of their air force pilots.

Kayla Mueller, 26, of Prescott, Arizona, was working for a Dutch aid group in Aleppo, Syria when she was captured.  U.S. intelligence is looking into the claims by IS:

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Late Friday night, the Mueller family released a statement saying "we are still hopeful that Kayla is alive." Addressing those who held Kayla, her family said,"We have sent you a private message and ask that you respond to us privately. We know that you have read our previous communications."

mages of children suffering in the early stages of Syria's ongoing civil war prompted Mueller, 26, to leave her home in Prescott, Ariz., in December, 2012,  to work with the Danish Refugee Council and the humanitarian organization Support to Life to help refugees. According to a family spokesperson, Kayla found the work heartbreaking but compelling.

"For as long as I live, I will not let this suffering be normal, something we just accept," Mueller told her hometown newspaper, The Daily Courier, in a 2013 interview during a trip home to her family. "It's important to stop and realize what we have, why we have it and how privileged we are. And from that place, start caring and get a lot done."

She was captured on Aug. 4, 2013, in Aleppo, Syria, while leaving a Spanish hospital staffed by the international humanitarian group Doctors without Borders. 

Unlike other Islamic State captives killed by the group after their ransom demands were spurned, Mueller has not been featured on any hostage videos in which the terror army's prisoners, under obvious duress, denounce the West and plead for their lives. In some cases, intelligence officials have determined the hostages were killed long before the Islamic State militants claimed, raising the possibility that Mueller was already dead.

Just last Sunday, President Obama said the U.S. is doing everything it can to free Mueller.

"Obviously this is something that is heartbreaking for the family and we want to make sure we do anything we can to make sure that any American citizen is rescued from this situation," Obama told NBC in an interview that aired prior to the Super Bowl.

Mueller is believed to be the last American held hostage by the Islamic State.  One can only imagine the horrors she is enduring, given the well-known attitudes of the terrorists toward women, especially Western women.

It is doubtful that Mueller died in an air strike by Jordan.  The claim by IS is a transparent attempt to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Jordan.  Sadly, the fact that the terrorists announced her death probably means she's already gone.  It's hard to imagine IS producing Mueller alive now that they've admitted she's been killed.

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