Family of U.S. aid worker: Bergdahl deal emboldened her captors

February 23, 2015 9:19 PM

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(Reuters) - The family of Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker who died while a captive of Islamic State militants in Syria, said a prisoner swap deal cut by Washington to get back a U.S. Army Sergeant held by the Taliban hurt efforts to free her.

Carl Mueller, Kayla's father, told NBC in an interview broadcast on Monday that the family had hoped to raise money for a $6.2 million ransom demanded by his daughter's captors, even though it was a daunting amount for them to contemplate.

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