African-American Muslim Convert w/Criminal Record Dies Fighting for ISIS

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There’s a pattern to these things and it’s a very predictable pattern.

1. Criminal record

2. Area with Muslim settler population historically linked to terrorism

3. Kaboom

The NBC story does its best to dress this up as some sort of inexplicable event. It’s not. It was inevitable. If someone decides to join the Nazi Party, eventually he’s going to get shot in Poland.

It’s the way these things go.

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.

McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.

“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.

That is worth being concerned about, but we should be even more concerned about the ones who are already here.

McCain, 33, called himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook and his Twitter bio reads: “It’s Islam over everything.” But how did this would-be rapper go from shooting hoops in a blue-collar area of Minnesota to dying in the civil war thousands of miles from home?

Slave of Allah and Islam over everything explains that. If we had a guy who liked taking photos of himself with Mein Kampf, would we be surprised or confused if he ended up in a Nazi volunteer battalion.

Then add Minnesota to the mix. Somali migration is the Trojan horse gift that keeps on giving.

After high school, 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.

Around 2004, McCain “reverted” to Islam, according to his Twitter feed.

Let’s fill in the gaps.

McCain drifted around and began getting into trouble. During that time he converted to Islam.

Sometime in between, McCain reportedly worked at a Somali restaurant in San Diego – African Spice – and was known around the Masjid Nur mosque, according to an acquaintance.

I doubt it’s a coincidence that he made his way to Somalis in San Diego. He was probably involved with them back home. They may have turned him on to Islam.

“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.”

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.

U.S. officials have said “a small handful” of Americans are believed to be fighting with ISIS.

It’s probably a much larger number than we know.

  • edlancey

    4. Neck Tattoo

  • Maynard

    May the entire ISIS movement join him soon!

  • Fed Up

    Well, on the bright side he didn’t die in some squalid criminality back home for the local tax payers to pick up the tab or hurt any American innocents. On the other hand, by dying over there he didn’t get to take out any other San Diego trash with him.

    One thing I would really, really like to see, though. The astonishment and absolute horror on his face when the express down elevator’s doors opened at the bottom…

  • tagalog

    From disorderly conduct and obstruction he reverted to Islam, eh? Interesting use of words to describe his travels through life.

  • iluvisrael

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy! Have fun with your 72 goats in paradise, moron!

    • tagalog

      A terrorist blew himself up with a suicide bomb. He arrived at the gates of Heaven and was met by a large crowd, led by George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee. As they began beating on him, he cried out, “I was supposed to be treated better in Heaven because I’m a warrior for Allah!” Saint Peter called out to him, saying “The Koran made a mistake; the book says you’ll get 72 virgins, but actually you get 72 Virginians.”

  • iluvisrael

    At least the nazis valued their own stinking lives, whereas the moslems love killing EVERYONE, including each other.

  • Gee

    You get all the respect and more than you deserve. How about you respecting others for a change?

  • tagalog

    Yes, in Mein Kampf, Hitler discussed re-settling Jews to the East. In the Koran, only the total extermination of Jews is discussed. So you’re right; the comparison is inappropriate on the subject of Jews.

  • glpage

    When Mein Kampf is one of the best selling books in several Muslim countries one might consider that there is some comparison. When Muslim protesters carry signs saying Hitler was right one might think there is some parallel between Mein Kampf and the Koran.

    Perhaps we will have more respect when Islam decides to give respect to others that it demands for itself.