U.S. Investigating Reports of Second American Jihadist Killed in Syria

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The State Department is investigating reports that a second American jihadist was killed last weekend in Syria fighting for ISIS.

The news comes a day after NBC News first reported that Douglas McAuthur McCain, a U.S. citizen, died fighting for the Islamic militants. A Free Syrian Army source told NBC News said the second American was killed in the same battle.

A law enforcement official told NBC News that “it appears to be true” a second American died in the fighting.

McCain, 33, grew up in Minnesota and lived in San Diego. Two opposition groups in the Syrian civil war were fighting in the weekend battle, with heavy casualties on both sides.

A spokeswoman said the State Department had seen reports of a second American killed alongside McCain and was looking into it.


— Erin McClam