Reporter: NSC Didn't Say American Killed in Syria Was With ISIS

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 08:31 PM

By Greg Richter

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When the National Security Council announced the death of American Douglas McAuthur McCain in Syria, it left out a major piece of the story: he was fighting for the terror group ISIS.

Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge says that was not a mistake.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Tuesday, Herridge said the omission follows a pattern in which an American's affiliation with a known terrorist group is dropped.

She compared the omission to the Obama administration's labeling of the Fort Hood shooting as "workplace violence" even though the shooter, U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, had an affiliation with an al-Qaida cleric in Yemen.

McCain was a "significant interest" to the U.S. government and had been tracked for several months, Herridge said. Still, when the announcement was made Tuesday about his death over the weekend, no mention was made that he was killed in a firefight with the Free Syrian Army.

Instead, the NSC said McCain's death was "evidence that Americans should not travel to Syria," Herridge said. "And this is not a mistake. This is an act of commission."

Van Susteren called the omission "absurd," saying the NSC had issued what amounted to a "travel advisory."

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