An American fighting for the Islamic terrorist group ISIS was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials have said.
The United States had been aware that Douglas McCain, 33, a one-time aspiring rapper and basketball fan from California who was recruited in Minnesota. The White House confirmed McCain was killed in Syria.
McCain, who converted to Islam about a decade ago, was killed in fighting for t the a group linked to al-Qaida.
“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.
The US state department informed the family of his death on Monday. “We are in contact with the family and are providing all possible consular assistance,” department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
McCain’s affiliation to ISIS and his death had left his family “devastated” and “just as surprised as the country”, his uncle Ken McCain
On Facebook he had called himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah,” and his Twitter bio read “It’s Islam over everything”.
He was “a good person, loved his family, loved his mother, loved his faith”, the uncle said, referring to his nephew’s Christian beliefs before his conversion to Islam.
As ISIS continues to grow globally, America needs to worry about home grown threats. For there are other Douglas McAuthur’s who may return home and wage war against America.