Syria Says It Killed a Michigan Woman

She was allegedly with rebels; US investigating
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
Syria Says It Killed an American Woman
This May 29 image shows an explosion from shelling in Rastan, Syria.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

An unconfirmed report on Syrian TV says government forces killed a woman from Flint, Michigan, along with a British man and another unidentified Westerner, reports CNN. Syria's official news agency showed the driver's license of a woman identified as Nicole Mansfield, 33, and said the trio were fighting with anti-government rebels. They were reportedly ambushed in a car in the city of Idlib and were found with weapons and maps of military sites.

The US says it is aware of the report and is investigating, reports Reuters. A reporter from the Flint Journal knocked on the door of the address listed on the license and got no answer. In more Syria drama, Bashar al-Assad claims to have received missiles from Russia and is increasing his rhetoric against Israel. (More Syria stories.)

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