USA har fått sin første selvmordsbomber i Syria. Moner Mohammad Absulaha sprengte seg selv og 16 tonn granater i luften sist søndag. Han ofret livet for Nusra-fronten.
At en gutt som er oppvokst i Florida av velstående foreldre velger å slutte seg til en av de mest uforsonlige gruppene i en blodig borgerkrig, vekker nok ubehag hos mange. De spør seg nok: Hva skjer med de som overlever og kommer tilbake til USA?
Public records databases show that Mr. Abusalha has lived in Fort Pierce and in Vero Beach. A youth league website said he played basketball with the Indian River Warriors in 2007.
The records show that at one point he shared an apartment with his brother in Fort Pierce, a city about 130 miles north of Miami. His parents have lived in Vero Beach, and his family owns several grocery stores in the region.
Reached by telephone, a woman named Michelle Abusalha, apparently his mother, hung up on a reporter. His father, Mohammad, declined to comment.
“Sorry, sorry, we can’t do that,” he said.
Mr. Abusalha had been among several dozen Americans on the radar of federal law enforcement officials because of past trips to Syria.