SYRIA - The State Department has confirmed that three foreign jihadists, fighting for ISIS, were killed in Syria over the weekend. One of them was 33 year old Douglas McArthur McCain, who was born in Illinois. At the time of his death, he had in his pocket $800 and an American passport, NBC News reports.
"The threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism," a senior administration official told NBC News.
Born in Illinois on Jan. 29, 1981, McCain's 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.
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.