Douglas McCain, former Minnesotan, killed while fighting for terrorist group in Syria

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Douglas McCain via Facebook
NBC News broke the news yesterday of a 33-year-old American who grew up in Minnesota and died over the weekend fighting with ISIS in Syria. Citing White House officials and the Free Syrian Army, journalists identified the man as Douglas McAuthur McCain -- one of only a "small handful" of "foreign jihadis" believed to have joined the al-Qaeda spinoff.

Before moving to San Diego, McCain attended two schools, one in New Hope and one in Plymouth, between 1997 and 1999, according to Robbinsdale Area Schools. His classmates described him as a "goofball" who loved to play basketball. According to his Twitter account, he "reverted" to Islam around 2004. Public court records -- which document a couple of run-ins with police -- suggest he stuck around the Twin Cities until at least 2006.

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McCain in high school, 1998
Members of McCain's family did not return our messages Tuesday. However, Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune reported that McCain's mother got a call Monday from the State Department telling her that her son had been killed over the weekend.

Walsh quoted Kenyata McCain saying that she spoke to her cousin as recently as Friday, when "he was telling all of us he was in Turkey." She added, "I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs, but I didn't know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn't think he would be."

ISIS (also known as ISIL) is a militant Islamic organization engaged in mass execution on ethnic and religious grounds. In June, McCain expressed support for the self-appointed soldiers of God via Twitter (using the name Duale Khalid):
This violent change in his worldview seems to have surprised many who knew or met him, his sister included. "I have no words, I never thought this will be the way we say goodbye," wrote Delecia McCain on Facebook, concluding: "This is absolutely unreal to me I love you big brother."

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David Alsum
David Alsum

bye bye birdie, i mean terrorist traitor to america LOL.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Oh what Liberalism and Democrats have wrought! This guy was a made-to-order-Democrat and there are thousands of them living on the campus of the U.  Gotta Love Diversity:  You pay their rent and they Join ISIS and decapitate Americans.  

DieHipstersDie
DieHipstersDie

Anyone who says the Koran isn't a book advocating murder of infidels isn't paying attention.  Bill Maher's is dead-on with this issue.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

We still talking about this? Moron is dead, as he should be. Next?

Mark L. Tancabel
Mark L. Tancabel

How can anyone named after one of America greatest generals become a turncoat

Mark Pruka
Mark Pruka

The problem is. How many may come back to the States with their hatred

Vincent Jeffrey
Vincent Jeffrey

Are we supposed to feel bad for this guy who joined a terrorist organization?

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

Lets stop making this guy a celebrity and forget about it already.

Shon Roberts
Shon Roberts

Just remember the "small" violent majority of Islam is roughly about 300 million! Islam is over a billion strong. So the silent majority of peaceful Muslims is irrelevant, because their inaction is tantamount to acceptance

Justin Grisco
Justin Grisco

All his old school mates talk about remembering him as the kid they went to school with.. Not a terrorist. Well, dudes a terrorist.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Nothing like leading the nation in citizens going to play with terrorists

Mason Griffith
Mason Griffith

We'll continue to "advise" the terrorist's faces off.

C Renee Harris
C Renee Harris

he had perfect teeth till he went over there and a life...now hes dead..oh well

Jason Szabo
Jason Szabo

Hopefully he bombed his dental insurance provider.

Daniel Dp Conley
Daniel Dp Conley

I dont condone his actions, but I have to admit, he has a pretty smile.

Eric Mincke
Eric Mincke

People claim that this is a small minority of Muslims that think this way. My question is this: Where are all the peaceful protests in American and around the world condemning it?

Mark Bendickson
Mark Bendickson

The scary part is thta there are over 3000 just like him that have US or European passports fighting there (and I am sure with the recruiters in Cedar Riverside MN has their share) that can come back anytime without a Visa.

Susan Gorg
Susan Gorg

Good riddance to Bad Garbage, nice teeth loser

Jeffrey Stager
Jeffrey Stager

You're clearly implying that you're not happy about the hate for this guy. Don't be so disingenuous.

Vunley Long
Vunley Long

I'm just preparing for it. Where does it say I approve of it?

Jeffrey Stager
Jeffrey Stager

He willingly joined a group of insane murderers, what's not to hate, Vunley?

Vunley Long
Vunley Long

Preparing myself for hate comments. :|

markdayton
markdayton

Hooray!  Now let's round up the recruiting mechanism which is clearly alive and well here in Minneapolis and ship their bearded asses off to Guantanamo for cockmeat sandwiches. 

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Congratulations dude, you got killed because you were gullible enough to believe what you read in a book. Hope it was worth it.

Drakethesnake92
Drakethesnake92

@kurt124 Actually, it's the military state that wrought this. Our support for brutal dictators and preventing self-determination in the Middle East led to a swell of radicalization and horrific movements such as ISIS. If you lived in Saudi Arabia and your human rights conditions were terrible, would you blame the country backing the dictator? 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

No, your supposed to feel bad for us. We paid his rent and subsidy and he joined the JIhad against us.

TruDat
TruDat

He reverted (his words) LOL you can't fix stupid. Minnesota should be so proud!

TruDat
TruDat

So did Keith Ellison, and the low information voters of Minnesota elected him to represent them.

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