Syrian forces kill American, British citizen accused of fighting alongside rebels
Syrian state-run television reported Thursday that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed three Westerners, including an American woman and a British national, who they claim were fighting with the rebels and were found with weapons and maps of government military facilities."
Syrian TV identified the woman, releasing what it claimed were her Michigan driver's license and U.S. passport. It also released what is said was the name and passport of a British citizen. It did not identify the third Westerner.
The TV report claimed the three were also found with a flag of the al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-linked group.
The United States is aware of the claim that an American was killed and is working through the Czech Republic mission in Syria to obtain more information, a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN.
Citing privacy considerations, "we are unable to comment further," the official said."
Why westerners were fighting the Syrian government alongside Al Qaeda "rebels" is not known.