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WASHINGTON: A look at four Americans who became jihadists, and what motivated them to fight: Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who liked to cuddle cats, blew himself up in May in Syria.Abusalha, the son of a Palestinian father and Italian-American mother, became increasingly consumed with religious fervor.He said he was influenced by a close, radical friend, according to a video he made before he killed himself and 16 others while fighting with the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.Court papers say the food mart owner tried to arrange for three individuals to travel to Syria to join the group's fighters.Troy Kastigar, 28, went first, leaving Minneapolis in November 2008 . He had become friends with another man who was getting ready to join the Al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia. His basketball buddy, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of suburban Minneapolis followed him into the fight, ending up in Turkey, a frequent entry point to Syria. He was killed this year in Syria fighting with ISIS.
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