On May 27, an American who took the Arabic war name Abu Hurayra Al-Amirki died in a suicide attack against a Syrian government site in the province of Idib. Though the State Department refuses to publicly reveal his identity, a video of the 22-year-old Floridian has emerged, in which he discusses his experience fighting with the Al-Nusra Front, a Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda.
According to the National Counterterrorism Center, there are about 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria. In this video, Al-Amriki, whose American name is Moner Mohammad AbuSalha, sits with a rifle and introduces himself as the son of a Palestinian father and Italian-American mother before describing his reasons for fighting on behalf of Jabhat al-Nusra, and his hard life in the United States.
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