Hollywood director's son converts to Islam and joins al-Qaida

Hollywood Director's Son Is Reportedly Al-Qaeda's Poster Boy
Hollywood Director's Son Is Reportedly Al-Qaeda's Poster Boy

He's been called al-Qaida's white poster boy, but now it seems his real identity has been unveiled: Lucas Kinney. He's reportedly the first white British-born Al-Qaeda fighter in Syria.

He's also the son of Hollywood director Patrick Kinney. Among numerous films, he helped direct "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

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Kinney's mother told the Daily Mail: "Lucas is a target. I'm glad he's associated with Al-Qaeda rather than IS, but obviously I worry."

Kinney's a part of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra. The group is fighting ISIS and the Syrian army and being bombed by Russia and a U.S.-backed coalition.

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Kinney's parents said they rarely hear from him, but in a recent message, they learned he'd been seriously injured.

Kinney was raised a Catholic and in his teens considered becoming a priest before converting to Islam. His main role now is convincing ISIS fighters to join Jabhat al-Nusra.

See the video posted to YouTube, where he made his small screen debut:

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