The second American killed fighting for ISIS in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Somali-American from Minneapolis, Fox 9 has confirmed.
FOX 9 has confirmed the second American killed fighting for ISIS is also a Minnesotan. Abdirahmaan Muhumed from Minneapolis.
— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) August 28, 2014
Muhumed was one of about 15 Somali-American men to travel from Minnesota in past months to fight alongside the Islamic State, according to Minnesota Public Radio, who interviewed him from the battlefield through a number of Facebook messages.
“I give up this worldly life for Allah,” Muhumed had told MPR News. “A Muslim has to stand up for [what’s] right.”
News broke Tuesday about the death of 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain, the first known American to be killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria.
Early Wednesday, the Free Syrian Army reported that a second American had died in the same battle.
The Islamic State, formerly identified as ISIS, an Al Qaeda-linked terror group now operating in Iraq and Syria is currently battling the Free Syrian Army, a group of Syrian rebels that organized to overthrow current Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
News about the death of these two Americans recruited and indoctrinated by Jihadists comes as government officials assess the number of U.S. citizens fighting abroad. Experts are also examining the reach of these groups online.