U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement,"We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death."
She further said,"We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return."
A security official said,"the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing all consular assistance."
The man's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend. [Read more]