According to personnel records obtained by NBC News, two male college students from Texas dropped out of school to join the terrorist group ISIS.
The names of Omar Kattan, a former biology student at the University of North Texas in Denton, and Talmeezur Rahman, a computer major at Collin College in McKinney, both appeared on the documents given by an ISIS defector to NBC News correspondent Richard Engel in Turkey.
Kattan entered Syria in September 2013, at the age of 23, and described himself as a “suicide fighter” according to the records. Rahman disappeared from the U.S. in 2014 and his “fighting name” was listed on ISIS documents. Islamic State files listed Rahman’s fighting name as Abu Salman al-Hindi and said that “although he was highly educated in computers, he couldn’t get work in the states because he ‘has a beard in America’.
Kattan is believed to have been killed. NBC News quoted Rahman’s father as saying “he reported his son missing in 2015.
and he is “searching for him for almost two years.” “I am really frustrated,” the father added in his statement to NBC.
[via NBC Dallas Fort Worth]