Captured Wife of Dead Islamic State Leader Poses Policy Problem for US

The US has still not revealed its intentions for its first high-profile Islamic State detainee, two days after the Umm Sayyaf was taken captive in Syria.
The woman, whom the US described as the wife of Islamic State member Abu Sayyaf, was seized during a special operations raid on Saturday.
According to the White House, she is being held in US military custody in Iraq.
Her capture raises a host of policy questions for the Obama administration, which has taken few terrorist detainees and prosecuted those it has taken in US federal courts.
Human rights advocates, recalling the legacy of legal and physical abuse in US wartime detention facilities, are starting to press the Obama administration to charge Umm Sayyaf with a crime in federal court or release her.



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