An American In ISIS: Meet Doug McCain, One Dead Jihadist

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Perhaps the only question emerging from this profile of the first document US citizen casualty fighting for the Islamic State, whose name earlier was revealed as Douglas McAuthur McCain, is whether he and John are related.

From NBC:

The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.


Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.


Senior administration officials told NBC News they were aware that McCain was killed in Syria, adding that they believe dozens of Americans have gone there to fight with extremist groups - including, but not limited to, ISIS.

Actually, on second thought it appears there is no relation.

The spin cycle has already been engaged: McCain may be dead, but the treat that countless others like him have returned to the US to perpetrate, gasp, acts of terrorism on US soil is very much alive:

"The threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism," a senior administration official told NBC News.


NBC News has contacted several members of McCain’s family and dozens of friends – including his mother, sister, aunts and cousins. A woman who said she was McCain's aunt confirmed that he had "passed" and referred calls to McCain’s mother.


McCain, 33, called himself "Duale ThaslaveofAllah" on Facebook and his Twitter bio reads: "It's Islam over everything."


After he graduated, McCain stuck around the Twin Cities for at least a while. Public records searches show several run-ins with the law. One mugshot of a Douglas McAuthur McCain details an arrest in 2000 at the age of 19 in New Hope on charges of disorderly conduct. Another arrest record – also from New Hope - shows the same man was arrested again in 2006 and booked on charges of obstruction. The mugshot from that arrest also clearly appears to be McCain – and has the same neck tattoo that is seen in Facebook photos of McCain on his "Duale ThaslaveofAllah" account - and the body found on the Syrian battlefield. NBC News confirmed on Tuesday that he was convicted of both charges.

Gradually the profile shifts to religion: "Around 2004, McCain "reverted" to Islam, according to his Twitter feed. "

McCain’s online life also painted the picture of a devout Muslim who deeply loved his family – along with Pizza Hut and hip-hop. His likes on Facebook ranged from “Quaran and Hadith” to “The Khilafah in Universe,” “A Way to Paradise” to “Craziest Street Fights,” “The American Comedy Co.” to “The Black Flag.”


“Allah keeps me going day and night. Without Allah, I am no one,” read one photo post. Others took a darker turn – posts featured the black flag of ISIS and other militant propaganda photos. In September 2010, he posted an ominous image: “They are coming back soldiers of Allah.”


A MySpace profile linked to Duale – and with the same images as elsewhere on social media – contains similar messages, with pictures of the sometime rapper striking poses. In one photo, he clutches a Quran. “The quran is all I need in this life of sin,” reads another caption.

We also learn about his exciting crusade to reach the promised Islamic land:

On April 3, McCain retweeted the full English translation of the speech of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani – the spokesman for ISIS.


Soon after, it appears that McCain’s travels took him to Turkey, a common jihadi route into Syria. Three people told NBC News that they met McCain – who they referred to as Duale – three months ago in in the Istanbul neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Two said they met him at the Burger King, where they ate and talked about the NBA.


U.S. officials have said “a small handful” of Americans are believed to be fighting with ISIS. Earlier this month, a new ISIS propaganda video claimed to feature an American citizen. And in July, chilling video emerged purporting to show the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria burning his U.S. passport and issuing threats against the West. The video of Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who grew up in Florida, underscored concerns about the flow of foreign fighters to Syria.

Finally NBC goes through McCain's social networking habits which readers can uncover on their own here.

So the good news: unlike in the UK, so far there are no proposals to automatically assume that anyone traveling to Syria, or Iraq, or Turkey for that matter is a terrorist.

As for the bad news: prepare to be inundated with many more such profiles, because one never knows when the "converted US Muslims" who have returned from the Islamic State, and mingle among the broader population, decide to strike. Which is why it is best to let Uncle Sam handle all of your personal security, and while at it, let's all just put that NSA "spying on everyone" nonsense in the past: after all without the constant threat that the US-created ISIS "scourge" will come to the US and blow building up and/or hijack airplanes, it may be problematic for the NSA to continue defending its ongoing existence made so public in the aftermath of the Snowden whistleblowing revelations.

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RobD's picture

If McCain had a Jihadi son he would look like......?

0b1knob's picture

Douglas McAuthur McCain???????????????????

I mean really.   The people in the psyops propaganda department of the CIA are just fucking with us now.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Worth another Re Re post:

Imagine a room full of Pure Evil Psycopathic Criminal CIA Scum Fucks attempting to script together more False Narratives, PsyOp & Propaganda The American People / The World aren't buying any more.

The whole illusion has completely spun out of thier control. Amateurs.

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, all I want to know is who is responsible for his death: White people or Caucasian folks?

Because I smell racism all over his death.  I do!

john39's picture

mind games being played by tptb...  war on terror is soon coming home.

Liberal's picture

Duh...It's already here.  Which is why we should all turn in our guns and trust the government to protect us. 


In Gov I trust ... Because Obama.

john39's picture

wait until they start the random attacks...

Latina Lover's picture

Re: Dead Doug McCain, like I care /sarc off.  Kardashians are more interesting.

john39's picture

as posted below, the size of her ass is perplexing to say the least.   can't decide, photoshop, or silicone.   has to be one, or both.

SilverIsKing's picture

Don't say it.  There's another ISIS member named Abraham Lincoln Romney.

Liberal's picture

I knew it!

We liberals knew all along...that it was the Republicans who are the real enemy!

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

I always think it is befitting since Isis is a Egyptian diety.

Manthong's picture

“is whether he and John are related.”

F’n A --  of course they are..

Are you blind?

Can’t you see the resemblance to Megan?

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

John McCain's love child with Aunt Jemima

Drunk In Church's picture

Poor Doug.  Just another Muslim without a clue.  Now he's in hell looking for his virgins.

Wait What's picture

I just finished reading Cryptonomicon (Stephenson is freakin' great!) and the 1st thought that came to mind as I read the caption is "Douglas Macarthur Shaftoe is REAL?!?!?!!"

almost shit myself.

suffice it to say, I was thoroughly disappointed by the click-bait i fell for.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Did you like the Enoch Root character? You should read Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle which takes place from Colonial times through Issac Newton taking over the British Pound. Enoch Root is in these books and it's the same guy, not the ancestor of the one in Cryptonomicon. Timeless indeed.

MalteseFalcon's picture

If Lindsay Lohan Graham had a son it would be a miracle.

Major Malfunction's picture

Anyone else remember ISIS, from Saturday morning Toons (although it was 'live-action', and not a cartoon) (back when 'Saturday Morning TV' was actually a thing)?

Something Filmation (the folks behind SHAZAM!) began in 1975, with JoAnna Cameron as the lady who finds the magickal amulet allowing her to transform into ... "O Mighty ISIS!"


Ahh, fun stuff.  Always enjoyed SHAZAM more, tho.  Filmation actually brought Captain Marvel in for a guest spot on at least one ISIS episode ... possibly two..


NotApplicable's picture

If only McCain had had a non-distinctive neck tattoo...

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture
Lincoln–Kennedy coincidences urban legend
  • Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
  • Both presidents were elected to the presidency in '60.
  • Lincoln defeated incumbent Vice President John C. Breckenridge for the presidency in 1860; Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency in 1960.
  • Both their predecessors left office in their seventies and retired to PennsylvaniaJames Buchanan, whom Lincoln succeeded, retired to Lancaster Township;Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom Kennedy succeeded, retired to Gettysburg.
  • Both their Vice Presidents and successors were Southern Democrats named Johnson (Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson) who were born in '08.
  • Both presidents were concerned with the problems of black Americans and made their views strongly known in '63. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamationin 1862, which became law in 1863. In 1963, Kennedy presented his reports to Congress on Civil Rights, and the same year was the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • Both presidents were shot on a Friday in the presence of their wives. Both Fridays preceded a major holiday observed within the week.
  • Both presidents were accompanied by another couple.
  • The male companion of the other couple was wounded by the assassin.
  • Both presidents had a son die during their presidency.
  • Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
  • Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theatre; Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln who warned him not to go to Dallas.
  • Both presidents' last names have 7 letters.
  • There are 6 letters in each Johnson's first name.
  • After shooting Lincoln, Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; after shooting Kennedy, Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.
  • Both Johnsons were succeeded as President in '69 by Republicans whose mothers were named Hannah.
  • Both assassins died in the same month as their victim in a state adjacent to the state of their birth.
  • Both assassins were Southern white males born in the late '30s, who were in their mid-20s.
  • Both assassins were killed before being tried, by men who were reared in the North, changed their name as adults, and were bachelors.
  • Both assassins had 15 letters in their name
  • Both were shot in the head
  • Freddie's picture

    Both were against central banks and fiat money.  Look it up.  Every President killed or shot was.  McKinley was for bi-metalism or gold and silver as currency.  McKinley seemed like he was a pretty good guy too.

    Seize Mars's picture

    Agreed. Here is my summary of American History:

    (20 year charters for corporations)

    1782 Bank of North America
    Founder imprisoned for fraud and other abuses
    Charter expired in 1802

    1791 1st Bank of the US
    1811 Charter expired; renewal defeated by a single vote

    War of 1812 ??

    1816 2nd Bank of the US
    1832 President Andrew Jackson promised to veto renewal
    1835 Asassination attempt (survived)
    1836 Charter expired

    Lincoln prints paper money to fund the Civil War
    1863 National Banking Act (20 yr charter)
    1864 Linclon speaks against paper money banking
    1864 Lincoln Assassinated

    1881 President James Garfield opposes renewal of the National Bank Act
    1881 Garfield Assassinated
    1882 Bank charter renewed ("2nd Charter Period" begins)

    1901 President McKinley opposes renewal of Nat'l Bank
    1901 President McKinley assassinated

    1902 President Teddy Roosevelt approves renewal (3rd Charter Period) (He is a member of a NY banking family)

    1912 Taft loses election to Wilson (Roosevelt entered and split the ticket)

    Dec 23 1913. Permanent Charter of Central Bank.

    1962 President Kennedy gives "Secrecy is Repugnant" speech denouncing Federal Reserve
    1963 Kennedy authorizes by executive order, Treasury backed "Silver Certificates"
    November 1963 JFK Assassinated


    fleur de lis's picture

    The War of 1812 war triggered by the refusal of Congress to renew the Charter in 1811 since it was unConstitutional. In those days they actually upheld their oaths and adhered to the Constitution. Meantime, back in London Nathan Rothschild was furious that his bank scam didn't get renewed. "Teach those impudent Americans a lesson. Bring them back to Colonial status." So the British Navy was launched against America and the fighting ensued. They got the Charter again but years later Andrew Jackson was the next one who refused to play along. Eventually they got it in 1913 and the world got a hideous war the following year. 

    This has more details on 1812 

    Kirk2NCC1701's picture

    "wait until they start the random attacks..."

    ... is when some Exceptional Marksmen pop a cap in their ass.

    Long Open Carry and Concealed Carry.  Short the odds of this happening in places like TX, where they'll get their asses handed to them.  CA or NY OTH...

    The Gooch's picture

    You're not factoring in the majority of non-compliant gun owners.

    Fuck You Cuomo.

    You too, Jerry.

    Molon Labe.

    g speed's picture

    do you mean like Killeen, Texas  ???

    rehypothecator's picture

    No, back then CCW was banned in restaurants, causing a CCW holder Suzanna Gratia (Hupp) to leave her gun in her car, so she could go inside and eat with her parents without fearing a felony conviction.  Both of whom were murdered there.  So she ran as a politician on the platform of making carry in restaurants legal, and she was successful, and now it's legal in TX.  Relevant quote starts at 2:00.    

    Nice try, though.  Red for you.  

    TheGardener's picture

    Always thought France would beat ISIS on that caliphate thing.

    Putin to the rescue to secure the Atlantic coast of the newly European Panslavic Nation. German freecorps by the ready in the millions if taught on eternal betrayals...

    Antifaschistische's picture

    Neck Tattoo appears to end in "FEW".

    I'm trying to guess what went before that.

    THE FEW, I HATE CURFEW, etc... I'm sure he's making ISIS proud.

    Chupacabra-322's picture

    Ever notice the Lone down votes on comments that call out the Criminals? It's the Lone piece of shit Pure Evil Psycopathic Criminal CIA / NSA "Agent Smiths" on the Threads.

    LasVegasDave's picture

    wrong again, loser.

    Its us rag tag, bitter enders, who think that accountability and personal responsability are values greater than crazy psychopath conspiracy theories espoused by misanthropic wierdos

    Jendrzejczyk's picture

    Why are you still posing as an American?

    Chupacabra-322's picture

    The Eye Opener Report - "We Tortured Some Folks." - War Criminal Obama.

    Language is the great tool of the tyrants. It always has been, and always will be. Patriots are expected to abide by a PATRIOT Act that destroys their Bill of Rights, support “surgical strikes” against “enemy combatants” by the Department of “Defense,” and cheer the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to those who wage war. Find out more about the doublespeak that underpins our political unreality on this week’s edition of The Eyeopener Report with James Corbett. - See more at:

    SilverIsKing's picture

    When do we get to see the festive and colorful nuclear light show?

    nmewn's picture

    Just before the highly entertaining clubbing with sticks & rocks finale! ;-)

    nmewn's picture

    I think we need to get a grip here.

    No American likes to be spied on (without proof of criminality the act itself is a crime) or desires to live in a police state and if the little mini-me jihadis who study the Quran or are infected with the propaganda to come away with the idea that Islam and Sharia Law must be spread by the sword (how could they not?) let them go meet their maker "in peace" somewhere else.

    However, if the little zealots scream aloooo akbar and produce a weapon around me or my family I'm going to double tap their ass and dump them in the closest dumpster.

    You can write it down, frame it or do whatever you want with it. They'll be treated as just another thug by me.

    Borrow Owl's picture



    Shut up.


    Vermin: 0  Freeman: +1

    It's truly the American Way.


    Sadly, most who call themselves 'Americans' nowadays have not the slightest fucking clue as to what the word 'American' really means- or, more accurately, what it once meant.


    nmewn's picture

    Yes, they'll be given a proper burial, one befitting their status in the human race.


    willwork4food's picture

    Damn right. Wouldn't even call the cops. Just shoot & dump. Rain'll clean it away.

    Thanatos's picture

    Immona goa-head and have to encourage you to not strain \ exert \ burn a single calorie on the disposal of the hypothetical aggressors bodily remains.

    I must remind you, that as a taxpaying unit you have a highly qualified bio-remediation team on call 24hrs at NO COST TO YOU!

    Please just call the local contact number for them (usually 911) and have them take care of the heavy lifting.

    Thanks for doing your part nmewn.


    nmewn's picture

    I do appreciate the advice but a little physical labor has never bothered me. The added benefit of doing it yourself is, it definitely cuts down on the paper work and followup questions & discussions requested of me ;-)

    Thanatos's picture


    "Its us rag tag, bitter enders, who think that accountability and personal responsability are values greater than crazy psychopath conspiracy theories espoused by misanthropic wierdos"

    So where the fuck has this highly valued any largely mythical accountability and personal responsibility been?

    It SURE AS FUCK isn't in any Leadership Culture that I have seen or can see. Matter of fact, the further you get up the power ladders, the less valuable those traits become.

    This accountability and personal responsibility bullshit is what you tell to who?

    And they believe it?

    Man, wake up.

    Either you are wanting to keep people fat, dumb and under the thumb


    You are not an active participant in modern society.


    Mr. Ed's picture

    Just a comment on "crazy psychopath conspiracy theories":

    From what I've seen, conspiracy theories don't get traction with most people  because most people don't understand how psychopaths think.  And, they can't imagine how they see the world.  Commonly a distinction is made between "sociopaths" (psychopathy light) and "real psychopaths" (Hannibal Lecter?)... but psychopathy is actually a continuum, a core characteristic that expresses itself according to circumstance.

    Watch the movie I AM FISHEAD.  You will see the range of possibilities.

    When you first try to look at the world the way a psychopath does, you see scheming and conspiracy everywhere.  But after you do it for a while, you realize that it's going on all around you, constantly, and that if you're a victim, it's because you're not paying attention.

    Eventually, you stop obsessing with particular individuals (co-workers, attorneys, judges, politicians, clergymen, teachers, bureaucrats, etc) and begin to focus on openings and opportunities that attract psychopaths... it takes a lot of knowledge to stay one step ahead of them, but it's a very good way to protect yourself. 

    The key is learning to THINK like a psychopath.

    Irving Phelps's picture

    Go back to the Muppets channel you fucking looser!

    Freddie's picture

    Its us rag tag, bitter enders.....

    Is that what your rabbi calls you?  Maybe you need to up your contribution at temple Dave.  Don;t be cheap. Go play the quarter slots at Bellagio.

    StandardDeviant's picture

    Nicely put, LasVegasDave (and nmewn too).

    Some days I think ZH has been lost to the whack jobs, the racists, the single-issue fanatics, the out-and-out certifiable schizophrenics; but this used to be a nice place, and it'd be a shame to abandon it without a fight.