Jordanian Govt. “Highly Skeptical” of ISIS Claims that US Hostage Kayla Mueller Is Dead
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said his country was “highly skeptical” with ISIS claims today that US hostage Kayla Mueller was killed in an airstrike. Mohammed questioned whether the terrorists could identify the planes so high in the sky or whether they would hold a hostage in a weapon’s warehouse.
Amman, Jordan (CNN)Was an American hostage held in Syria killed by a Jordanian airstrike? That’s what ISIS said in an online posting Friday, claiming that she died in the group’s de facto capital, Raqqa.
The posting included a picture of a collapsed building and a claim that the woman — identified Friday by her family as Kayla Mueller — was being held there.
But it did not show a body or provide any proof of death.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said his country is looking into the claim. But, he said, “we are highly skeptical” because of ISIS’s proven lack of credibility, and he questioned whether they could identify Jordanian warplanes so high in the sky or would hold a hostage in a “weapon warehouse.”
Later, he told CNN that ISIS uses “these events to manipulate facts and to manipulate public opinion.”
“What we know about this terrorist organization is that they are liars when it comes to these things,” al-Momani told “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
Interior Minister Hussein Majali also knocked down the report, calling it another “PR stunt” by ISIS.
A Syrian group believes they found the location of the building where Kayla Mueller was reportedly killed.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_Sl) February 6, 2015