Briton killed by Syrian forces

ITV News understands a Briton, named as Ali Al Manasfi, has been killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad.

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Syrian TV: 'Western fighters carrying weapons'

Syrian state TV showed the bullet ridden car the three Western 'fighters' were travelling in. Credit: Reuters/ SANA TV

Syrian state TV has released pictures of the bullet ridden car three Western "fighters" were said to be travelling in when they died in Idlib, northwest Syria.

The broadcaster said the trio were carrying rifles, ammunition, grenades and the flag of al-Nusra, an al-Qaida affliated group.

Syrian state TV showed this image of weapons the deceased were said to be carrying. Credit: Reuters/ SANA TV

Michigan woman 'converted to Islam after marriage'

The family of the 33-year-old woman who died in Syria whilst reportedly fighting for opposition forces said she converted to Islam after meeting and marrying an Arab immigrant.

Monica Mansfield Speelman, Nicole Mansfield's aunt, told The Detroit Free Press she converted to Islam after her marriage and started wearing an hijab, which "bothered" her family.

Her grandmother Carole Mansfield said Nicole was adamant about her new way of life, telling them:

The best way of life was to be a Muslim. And that women should wear scarves ... women should always cover their head.

The couple then divorced "about three years ago" after the man was able to get a green card that allowed him to stay in the US, according to her aunt.


Syrian TV shows passport of US 'rebel fighter'

The passport of Nicole Mansfield was displayed on Syrian State TV. Credit: Reuters/ SANA TV

Syrian state television broadcast images of the passport of an American woman they say was killed by government forces.

SANA TV said Nicole Mansfield and two other westerners working with rebel fighters were killed whilst travelling near the border with Turkey.

Michigan mother 'dies fighting with Syrian opposition'

A 33-year-old woman from Michigan has been killed fighting for the Syrian opposition, according to her family.

Nicole Mansfield, a single mother of an 18-year-old from Flint in Michigan had converted to Islam about five years ago, her aunt told Reuters.

The FBI informed the family on Thursday that she had died. Her aunt, Monica Mansfield Speelman, said:

I'm just devastated. Evidently, she was fighting with opposition forces. I didn't think she would stoop that low to go over there and try to harm anybody.

Brit 'shot during ambush' by Syrian government

A British man and American woman have been killed in the Syrian province of Idlib in northwest Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The two victims were taking photographs of military positions near the Turkish border when they were ambushed by government troops. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told The Times:

They were shot dead during an ambush in the Idlib region and the army found them with maps of military positions.

Syrian television named the British man and said he was born in London in 1990.

Read: Briton 'among three Westerners' killed in Syria

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