The daughter of an American woman killed in a firefight in Syria today denied that her mother was a “terrorist” and was a “regular american woman who was misguided.”
The body of Nicole Lynn Mansfield, a Muslim convert from Flint, Mich., was recovered this week following fighting near the rebellious Syrian city of Idlib. The Syrian government labeled her a terrorist.
Young American men continue to slip through a terrorist recruiting pipeline from the homeland to join the ranks of jihadists half a world away in East Africa, with two going as recently as three months ago, according to federal officials.
What’s a nice mom from Flint doing in a firefight in Syria?
Well, it ain’t no sucker punch: the recruitment of Americans into Islamist fighting organizations hit the news big time in 2009 when the bodies of boys from St. Paul, Minnesota showed up in Somalia and associated with the fighting there.
“One day after Masri’s arrest, the FBI charged 14 naturalized U.S. citizens from Minnesota, California and Alabama with providing material support to al-Shabab, a group the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization.”
There was even video:
Committee on Homeland Security, U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.” July 27, 2011.