She converted to Islam to wage jihad. That is Islam. They killed her and two al qaeda-affiliated British Muslims. She is not the first American Muslim to go Syria to wage jihad, but she is believed to be the first American to die in the cause of Islam in Syria. How many others are fighting and will return to wage jihad on our shores?
Robert Spencer adds, "Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the idea that jihad involves hot warfare. Yet no mainstream Muslim organization in the U.S., despite their stated opposition to what they claim is al-Qaeda's twisting and hijacking of true Islamic teaching, has any program designed to teach Muslims (and converts to Islam) to avoid this understanding of Islam. And authorities seem completely indifferent to and clueless as to the implications of that fact."
Michigan car worker's daughter who was converted to Islam by her Arab husband is shot dead while fighting for Syrian rebels The Daily Mail, June 1, 2013 (thanks to Van)
- Syrian state-run television reported three Westerners, including an American woman and a British citizen have been killed by government forces
- Relatives of Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, of Flint, Michigan said that the pictures being aired on Syrian television are her
- The three individuals were allegedly working with an al-Qaeda rebel affiliate in the war-torn nation
A 33-year-old Michigan woman who converted to Islam after marrying an Arab immigrant has been shot dead in Syria by government forces who claimed she was part of an al-Qaeda influenced group.
Two FBI agents traveled to see family members of Nicole Lynn Mansfield today and confirmed to them their relative was dead after Syrian state television broadcast images of her passport on Wednesday.
The government controlled television station said that Mansfield was shot while driving in Idlib in the northwest of the country and aired her license in which she is seen to wear an Islamic headscarf and her address listed as Flint, Michigan.
Nicole Lynn Mansfield was shot dead by Syrian government forces along with two other Westerners - reportedly both British - The 33-year-old is from Flint, Michigan and converted to Islam several years ago following marriage to an Arab man
The news report speculated that Mansfield was a terrorist and said that she was shot alongside two people from the UK.
Family members in Michigan confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that the images seen on Syrian television are of Mansfield.
'I am sick over it,' said the deceased woman's aunt, Monica Mansfield Speelman. 'I didn’t think she was (a terrorist), but God only knows.'
Reports claimed the three people were ambushed by government forces in their car while traveling through the province of Idlib in northwestern Syria - which has been a flashpoint during the two-year-long civil war in the troubled nation.
The television footage showed a black car riddled with bullets and three bodies laid out also with multiple gunshot wounds.
The MailOnline has seen these images but is not publishing them.
On Wednesday, the 33-year-old became the only American known to have been killed fighting in Syria, where 70,000 people have died in a two-year civil war.
Family: Nicole as a baby with her parents and an unknown relative, left
Innocent: Smiling at the camera and holding her doll with her loving family surrounding her
Beliefs: Nicole, pictured with her dad, would tell people 'that the best way of life was to be a Muslim. And that women should wear scarves...women should always cover their head'