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American Computer Scientist Turned ISIS Propaganda Writer Killed In Syria

April 11, 2017

Ahmed Abousamra, a 35-year-old former computer scientist from Boston and editor of ISIS’ propaganda magazine Rumiyah, is said to have been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria.

Originally from a small Boston suburb known as Stoughton, Abousamra had a long history relating to terrorist organizations. He traveled to Pakistan in early 2002 in an effort to attend a terrorist training camp, but returned after he failed to locate the camp he was searching for. It was around this time that he was placed on an FBI surveillance list for discussing ways in which he and another man, who later became an FBI informant, could execute political figures.

In 2004, Abousamra traveled to Yemen and successfully attended a terrorist training camp before heading to Fallujah to fight U.S Marines and Soldiers. He stayed only a short time before returning to the United States via Syria in August of 2004, where he began to write propaganda for Al Qaeda. After being questioned by the FBI in regards to his overseas travel, Abousmara fled the country for Syria, where he was noticed by Islamic State leaders and placed in a position that required him to draft and edit propaganda articles for ISIS.

According to the ISIS news publication, he was killed when a missile hit the house he was in near Tabqa, Syria, as he made his way to the front lines of Raqqa to aid fellow Islamic State fighters as they battled U.S. forces and YPG.