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As Many as 300 Fight With Terrorist Group

Islamic State's Flag. Just how many Americans are fighting under it?

Just how many Americans are fighting alongside the Islamic State? The number could be as high as 300, and that is worrying many in the intelligence community.

According to a report by the Washington Times, one senior official said, “We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq.” The figure quoted is much higher than other public estimates, which have topped out at 100.

The news comes as an American, Douglas McArthur McCain, an aspiring rapper who converted to Islam in 2004, was confirmed as having died over the weekend. Other reports indicated that ISIS had kidnapped a 26-year-old American woman who was doing humanitarian work. The Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate, released an American journalist, Peter Curtis, that the group had been holding.