May 31 - Syrian Television says an American woman has been killed in the country as she fought with opposition forces against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL (ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) An American woman has been killed in fighting with opposition forces against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian TV said on Thursday (May 30). Syria's state-run television showed pictures of a damaged car with broken windows, but did not elaborate if the car was being used by a group it said was ambushed by the government's armed forces. It showed a passport and a driving license bearing the name of Nicole Mansfield of Flint, Michigan. The woman's aunt in the United States told Reuters that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had informed her on Thursday afternoon of the death of her niece, but said she did not have the details of how she died. Monica Mansfield Speelman said she was devastated about the news. Speelman said Mansfield, a single mother of an 18-year-old daughter, had converted to Islam about five years ago but that she did not know when her niece had travelled to Syria. "I didn't think she would stoop that low to go over there and try to harm anybody," Speelman said of her niece, who she said had worked at a group home. A U.S. State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had earlier told Reuters that Washington was working via the Czech Republic mission in Syria to get more information.