Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American with Minnesota and California roots, was killed over the weekend while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, NBC News reported. He was killed in a conflict between two Syrian opposition groups.
The American was reportedly found with roughly $800 in cash and his U.S. passport.
The 33-year-old called himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on social media and put “It’s Islam over everything” in the bio. He was described as a “goofball in high school” who likely became radicalized after moving from Minnesota to California.
Senior administration officials told NBC News they were aware that McCain was killed in Syria, adding that they believe dozens of Americans have gone there to fight with extremist groups – including, but not limited to, ISIS.
On June 9, Duale wrote to an alleged ISIS fighter on Twitter: “I will be joining you guys soon.” He also asked if another self-proclaimed ISIS fighter had made it to “r town” – an apparent reference to Raqqa, the militants’ Syrian stronghold.
Then came another post: “I’m with the brothers now.” Later, he retweeted: “It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS.”
Read the complete report, which has more information on McCain’s upbringing, at NBC News.