Burak Karan, a former soccer player for the German national team, was killed fighting along side of the Mujahideen (guerrilla fighters in Islamic countries, especially those who are fighting against non-Muslim forces ) in Syria, according to both Turkish and German sources.
Cowan, at the age of 26, left the world of football in 2008, and converted to Islam. During the Syrian civil war, he moved to Turkey with his wife and two small children. Shortly thereafter he crossed the border into Syria in order to join the rebels in their fight against the Assad regime.
The German paper, Der Spiegel, has reported that twenty German citizens have joined rebel forces operating in various sectors of Syria.