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www.wmfd.com - Officials say an American who died in Syria last weekend, had joined ISIS militants, and they say he wasn't the only one. }}" />

   
 
 
American Died As He's Fighting For ISIS In Syria

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/27/2014

Officials say an American who died in Syria last weekend, had joined ISIS militants. And they say he wasn't the only one. While many Americans have joined extremists overseas, some of Douglas McCain's family members are having trouble believing he was one of them. Douglas McArthur McCain: an American who U.S. officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says was fighting for ISIS. Family members say he had made Facebook posts sympathetic to ISIS, but they never imagined he would become a Jihadi. "I don't believe that," says Kanyata McCain, cousin of Douglas McArthur McCain. "I don't think they know what they're talking about." They describe McCain as a good person who loved his family. "I feel like maybe it was some people he was hanging out with, because that's not who he is," says Kanyata McCain. "He's not ISIS. He's not a terrorist." Police in Minnesota arrested McCain eight times between 2000 and 2008 on minor offenses, including possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. According to his uncle, McCain converted to Islam several years ago. His uncle hadn't heard from him since McCain traveled to Turkey, several months ago. British observers say he died in Syria during a battle between rival extremist groups near Aleppo. American Jihadis aren't unheard of, as 22-year-old Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha fought for an ISIS rival, the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra front. He grew up in Florida; in may he died in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. U.S. officials believe there are more than 100 others, Americans, now fighting alongside Jihadis in Syria. The victims of the violence, including American journalist James Foley, have not gone unnoticed either. "America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," says President Obama.

   
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