"Well, it's a roll of emotion when this ugly situation lifts its head, but it's become a part of our lives over the last five and a half years," Kayla's father Carl Mueller told CNN in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.
Carl and Marsha Muller said they were home in Prescott, Arizona, on Saturday, when they were reported by a reporter that Baghdadi might have been killed. Marsha said her first reaction to the news was uncertainty, as the ISIS leader is believed to have been killed in the past.
Mueller received official confirmation of Baghdadi's death during a hearing at Trump's news conference Sunday morning. They praised and thanked the President, US military and special forces for action.
"We were very moved by what we said. We were grateful that they did not go wrong and went right in," Marsha Müller said in a telephone interview.