Nok en amerikaner har falt i kamp i Syria. Douglas McCain kjempet for ISIS mot al-Nusrafronten i området rundt Aleppo. Han ble drept sist helg.

Nyheten gjør inntrykk på amerikanerne. Hva får en mann til å forlate kristendommen for en tro som innebærer jihad som det ultimate ideal?

Amerikanerne begynner å forstå at de står overfor en eksepsjonell trussel.

The man’s uncle, Ken McCain, said that his nephew had gone to fight as a jihadi and that the U.S. State Department told the family Monday about the death.

He died in a battle between rival extremist groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria’s once-bustling commercial capital and largest city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the conflict.

Like the U.S. officials, the group described McCain as an ISIS fighter and said he was killed in a battle with the al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-linked organization that the U.S. government has blacklisted as a foreign terror organization.

According to his uncle, Douglas McCain’s journey to Syria began sometime after he converted several years ago from Christianity to Islam.