On Tuesday, NBC News reports that a 33-year-old man from Southern California was killed in Syria fighting for the terrorist group, ISIS. NBC News confirmed that members of the news team seen actual photos of the dead American man's passport and of his body which feature a distinctive neck tattoo.
The American man later identified as Douglas McAuthur McCain, a resident of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. McCain was one of three foreign jihadists killed while fighting for ISIS during the battle.
On McCain's Facebook page, he is seen calling himself "Duale ThaslaveofAllah" The biography of McCain's Twitter account reads: "It's Islam over everything."
Family members of Douglas McAuthur McCain say they were aware that he converted to Islam and loved to travel abroad. However, how the aspiring rapper ended up fighting for ISIS in Syria is not clear.
U.S. State Department officials said McCain is one of a "small handful" of Americans believed to be fighting in Syria for the terrorist group, ISIS.
McCain was born in Illinois on Jan. 29, 1981, but moved with his family to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota where he attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope and played on the basketball team.
In October, 2011, another American turned terrorist, Abdisalan Hussein Ali,was identified as one of two suicide bombers disguised as soldiers involved in a attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed at least 10 people. Ali was the third known Suicide bomber from the state of Minnesota.
According to the FBI, the agency designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the lead agency in investigations where terrorism is suspected, Ali was one of an estimated 30 Americans to joined Al-Shabab, another terrorist group, with at least 20 of the thirty were from the Somali community in Minneapolis.
International terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann says Minnesota is one of several Midwestern states where there's been an 'unusual' connection to radical groups. He said Minnesota may be attractive to terrorists, especially in the Twin Cities area where a large Muslim population resides, it is easier to blend.
International and national security experts have expressed concern that members of ISIS, possibly Americans -- may already be in the United States plotting an attack.