After the body of an American who was fighting for ISIS was found in Syria following a fight with another extremist group, the question on people’s mind is: What made an American turn to a jihadi lifestyle?
Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, was found dead after a firefight in Aleppo, Syria, with al-Nusra Front, a terrorist group linked to al Qaeda. An American passport and $800 were found on his body.
Born in Minnesota, McCain, who later identified himself as “Duale Khalid,” hopped around from place to place before finally landing in the Middle East. His family had no idea he was in Syria. McCain becoming a jihadi left his family “devastated” and had them “just as surprised as the country,” said Ken McCain, Douglas’ uncle, who lives in Minnesota.
McCain’s story is part of a larger narrative, where people of foreign descent travel to the Middle East to fight for the cause of Islamic extremist groups. NBC News reports that McCain was one of 3 foriegn jihadist found dead over the weekend. According to the Washington Times, approximately 300 American Passport holders are fighting along ISIS, and there is mounting concern that ISIS might infiltrate America, or that their militants are already among us.