An American dies in combat in Syria… fighting for ISIS

posted at 4:41 pm on August 26, 2014 by Noah Rothman

One of a number of Americans estimated to be fighting on the battlefields of the Middle East under an ISIS banner died in combat this week. But he was not just any American. This man who fought under the flag of a group which had just assassinated an American journalist by beheading as part of an ultimatum to the United States had among the most American names ever conceived.

“Douglas McAuthur McCain, 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,” NBC News confirmed.

McCain’s identity was revealed when the contents of his pockets were found to contain $800 and an American passport.

Until early last year, a Twitter account linked to McCain included mostly mundane messages to friends about basketball – how the Lakers suck, comments about the Chicago Bulls – with only a few messages about Allah or Islam. The most political it got appeared to be a #FreeGaza tweet on Jan 2, 2013. There was also a message posted around the same time, with an image of a woman in a burqa and the words “there is nothin like a mother love.” Then the account went silent for more than a year.

Sometime in between, McCain reportedly worked at a Somali restaurant in San Diego – African Spice – and was known around the Masjid Nur mosque, according to an acquaintance.

McCain reportedly managed to enter Syria through the border with Turkey. He reportedly called himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” and began disseminating ISIS propaganda on his social media accounts in the early spring.

In May, Moner Mohammad Abusalha, an American-born jihadi who executed a suicide attack on Bashar al-Assad’s forces in May, reportedly was able to travel in and out of the United States undetected by authorities.

CNN reported on Tuesday that McCain was not an unknown figure to American counter-terror officials and he was on the terror watch list, which suggests he might have had a difficult time reentering the U.S. The White House is, however, taking the threat posed by Western Islamist fighters seriously.

In September, President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council where he will address the growing crisis associated with Western civilians who could plan and execute terror attacks against Western interests with little means of detecting them.

Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air



Trackback URL


Just checking back in. Is the weasel still dead? Yes?



hawkdriver on August 26, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Reprise Colorado teen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, will Obama now target McCain’s relatives for drone incineration?

Terp Mole on August 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Late to the party……
But if obama had a boy………

FlaMurph on August 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

So when does the looting (sorry, I meant “undocumented shopping”) in Sand Diego start because this goon got popped?

NoPain on August 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

One down.
Several thousand to go.
Hope the projectile(s) was/were covered in bacon grease.

Enjoy Hell.

Bubba Redneck on August 26, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Here’s a chance to do your job, MSM.

Find out who pays for shipment of the body back home and report it.

TimBuk3 on August 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Glad he won’t be returning.

BHJets on August 27, 2014 at 7:47 AM

When will the dhimocrapts and other lefties canonize this punk?

Old Country Boy on August 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Thanks for that link. The ‘cancer/surgery’ one is priceless and spot on!

WhirledPeas on August 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

ummm…if they named him after the famous general it should be MacArthur, not McAuthur.

Oprah once explained her name by saying it was supposed to be ‘Orpah’, but whomever named her couldn’t spell.

She’s lucky she wasn’t stuck with Okra.

WhirledPeas on August 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Send in Eric Holder!

Krupnikas on August 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Yep, he had ties to Minnesota….

Douglas McAuthur McCain was born in Illinois on Jan. 29, 1981. His family later moved to Minnesota’s Twin Cities area where he attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope as part of the class of 1999.

d1carter on August 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Dude looks so intelligent!

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Good. I have no sympathy for the devil.

Wileygrl3 on August 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

“Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what’s confusing you
Is just the nature of my game”

cableguy615 on August 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

This is bad, Obama will continue to ring his hands as the threat to this country grows.

falcaner on August 27, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Maybe if we buy them plane tickets we can get rid of even more of them.

earlgrey on August 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM