The friends and family members of terrorist victims have increasingly railed for justice.
In a statement this week, the U.S. Department of State let them know they are not forgotten and that the nation will not rest until those responsible are held to account.
“A hallmark of this administration’s policy”
The latest statement declaring the agency’s “unwavering” commitment comes on the heels of an op-ed published in the Washington Post by the parents of several victims killed by members of ISIS.
In response to their call for assistance, the State Department wrote that it “is a hallmark of this administration’s policy” to see hostages returned and murderers brought to justice.
According to the families represented in the recent op-ed, several of the men reportedly involved in the attacks against their relatives are already in the custody of U.S. forces located in the Middle East.
“We implore President Trump, Attorney General William P. Barr, and the Justice Department to have the detainees brought to the United States to face trial,” they wrote.
The writers indicated that their desire “to know the full truth about what happened” to their loved ones and to see their “murderers held accountable” are motivating factors for their continued advocacy.
“Had given their mission a name”
“These things can happen only if the suspects are put on trial before a jury in an American court of law,” they wrote.
Among the cases represented in this plea for justice was that of Kayla Mueller. Believed to have been raped by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi prior to being killed, an assault mission targeting the ISIS founder was dubbed “Task Force 8-14” in honor of Mueller’s birthday.
President Donald Trump honored Mueller’s parents during his State of the Union speech earlier this year.
“On the night that U.S. Special Forces Operations ended al-Baghdadi’s miserable life, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, received a call in the Situation Room,” Trump said. “He was told that the brave men of the elite Special Forces team that so perfectly carried out the operation had given their mission a name: ‘Task Force 8-14.'”
While justice might not come according to the preferred timeline of those impacted by these terrorist acts, the Trump administration has made it clear that it will be served.