Woman from Michigan Killed in Syrian Civil War

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Woman was fighting for anti-government forces.

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings due to heavy shelling in Maadamiyeh south of Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

"Syrian news reports say Mansfield was fighting for the opposition to Syria's government."

The family of a 33-year-old Michigan woman says the FBI had confirmed that she was killed in fighting in Syria.
She's identified as Nicole Lynn Mansfield of Flint.
David Speelman of Flint says he is Mansfield's cousin. He told The Associated Press that FBI agents visited family members Thursday and informed them of her death.
FBI Detroit spokesman Simon Shaykhet told AP he can't comment on the matter.
Speelman's mother Monica Mansfield Speelman tells the Detroit Free Press that her niece was a convert to Islam who married an Arab immigrant several years ago but later divorced him.
Syrian news reports say that Mansfield and two other westerners killed with her were fighters for the opposition to Syria's government and were killed in a confrontation in Idlib.


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