Mother and daughter anti-Assad activists were found brutally murdered in their apartment in Istanbul, Turkey apartment. 23-year old American citizen Halla Barakat was a freelance journalist and her mother, Orouba Barakat, was a senior member of the Syrian opposition the Syrian National Coalition.
Turkish media reports and sources said the Barakats were strangled and stabbed to death, possibly four or five days ago, then doused in a chemical to delay decomposition. Police officials told ABC News that they are investigating but have made no arrests and have no suspects.
Other sources said the Assad regime is a prime suspect in the killings of the Barakat women. The FBI has legal jurisdiction to open a case and investigate the killing or kidnapping of American citizens overseas. Officials at the Bureau, however, declined to comment on the death of Halla Barakat on Friday.