31 May '13, 9am

A woman from Michigan, who converted to Muslim, has died in Syria fighting for rebel forces

FLINT (Michigan) — A 33-year-old Michigan woman and convert to Islam has been killed in Syria while fighting with opposition forces against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war, her family said yesterday (May 30). The woman’s aunt told Reuters that the FBI had informed her yesterday afternoon of the death of her niece, Nicole Mansfield of Flint, but said she did not have the details of how she died. “I’m just devastated,” said the aunt, Ms Monica Mansfield Speelman. “Evidently, she was fighting with opposition forces.” Ms Speelman said Mansfield, a single mother of an 18-year-old daughter, had converted to Islam about five years ago but that she did not know when her niece had travelled to Syria. “I didn’t think she would stoop that low to go over there and try to harm anybody,” Ms Speelman said of her niece, who she said had worked at a g...

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