An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said. He was carrying an American Passport and $800 cash.
“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” Hayden said.”We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain’s presence in Syria and can confirm his death,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain’s mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend. The newspaper said the family had been concerned with McCain’s expressions of support of Islamic State militants, and the man’s uncle, Ken McCain, told CNN his nephew had converted to Islam from Christianity several years ago and traveled to the region via Turkey to fight as a jihadi.
That could place him among the dozens of U.S. citizens that Attorney General Eric Holder said in July were included in a cohort of roughly 7,000 foreign fighters that U.S. intelligence agencies estimate to be operating in Syria, out of roughly 23,000 violent extremists.
Can we compare to Americans fighting for Castro?
A friend of mine tells about how he and his teen-age friends wanted to go to Cuba in the late 1950’s to fight for Castro. All a lot of talk. Nobody even had a passport. Not like today when kids took trips with their parents to foreign countries. Then nobody had any money either. Castro didn’t either, so he could not recruit like the islamists do. The Batista Cuban government they were trying to overthrow was rotten and corrupt, but Batista had US support. The island was “mob controlled”. Easy to dislike. My friend and his contemporaries knew all about “The Mob” in the US. They rode around in Cadillacs with two “soldiers” in the front seat. They took “protection” money from small stores, until WalMart did away with small stores.
He still is upset by the continuing US treatment of Cuba. Wasn’t Obama going to correct the situation?????
Let’s look at the early Cuba timeline
Aug 13 1926: Fidel Castro Ruz born in Biran, Eastern Cuba.
July 26 1953: Castro launches armed struggle against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. But attack on Moncada barracks fails.
Sept 1953: Castro is sentenced to fifteen years, making famous ‘history will absolve me’ speech from the dock.
May 1955: Batista grants amnesty to Castro, who goes to Mexico to plot invasion of Cuba.
Dec 2 1956: Castro and 82 other rebels land at Playa Las Coloradas in Granma yacht. Cuban army easily outnumbers and rout rebels, but survivors take refuge in Sierra Maestra mountains and launch guerrilla war.
Dec 28 1958: Fall of Santa Clara, after rebel attack led by Che Guevara. Batista troops end military resistance.
Jan 1 1959: Batista flees to Dominican Republic as the rebels take power.
Jan 8 1959: Castro enters Havana following triumphant procession through island from east of Cuba.
Oct 19 1960: United States begins partial economic embargo.
Jan 3 1961: Washington breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba.
April 16 1961: Castro declares Cuba a socialist state.
April 19 1961: Bay of Pigs invasion. CIA-backed Cuban exiles are defeated.
Feb 7 1962: United States imposes full trade embargo on Cuba.
Oct 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis. After thirteen day standoff, Russians withdraw missiles from Cuba.
Oct 9 1967: Che Guevara killed by Bolivian troops seeking to emulate Cuban-style revolution in South America.