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Widow of Islamic State leader charged over death of US hostage Kayla Mueller

Kayla was just 26 when she died in an airstrike in Syria while being held by IS. Credit: NBC News

The widow of a former senior leader in the so-called Islamic State has been charged with conspiracy in the death of a US aid worker who was killed last year whilst being held hostage in Syria by the militant group.

The US Justice Department said 25-year-old Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, known as Umm Sayyaf, is in Iraqi custody and has been charged for her part in the activities that resulted in the death of Kayla Mueller in February 2015.

Her husband, Abu Sayyaf, is thought to have been IS minister for oil and gas, reporting directly to IS cheif Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

According to reports, Sayyaf kept Ms Mueller captive and allowed al-Baghdadi to repeatedly rape her.