Syrian state-run television Thursday reported that pro-government forces killed an American woman, a British citizen and an unidentified Westerner. The three were accused of fighting alongside the rebel opposition.
Syrian authorities said the three were ambushed in their car in the embattled province of Idib in northwestern Syria. TV footage showed a bullet-riddled car and three bodies laid out, as well as weapons, a computer, a hand-drawn map of a government military facility and a flag belonging to the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front.
The program showed a passport photo and a driver's license of the American woman, who appears to be Nicole Mansfield, 33, from Flint, Mich. CBS reports that members of her family said she converted to Islam four years ago and has an 18-year-old daughter. They reportedly did not know she was in Syria.
-- Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
If the Syrian state TV report is true, it will not be the first time an American has been accused of fighting with rebel groups to overthrow al-Assad.
In March, a former U.S. soldier was arrested and charged by the U.S. government with illegally using a weapon on behalf of the al-Nusra Front.
Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, was arrested by the FBI after returning to the United States from Syria, where authorities allege he fought with the militant group. He was charged with the alleged use of a rocket-propelled grenade.