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.

Ali al-Manasfi a 'big kid at heart'

by - UK Editor

ITV News understands Ali al-Manasfi disappeared from his London home 4 months ago and his family were so concerned they reported it the police.

It was then discovered he'd left the country and he later called his family a number of times from Syria.

They were shocked to discover he'd gone there. They described him as "big kid at heart."

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

Picture: Syrian TV shows passport of US 'rebel fighter'

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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.
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.

Read: Michigan mother 'dies fighting with Syrian opposition'

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.

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