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

A British national who's appeared in Al-Qaeda videos has been identified as Lucas Kinney, son of a Hollywood director.

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

He's been called Al-Qaeda'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." (Video via Paramount Pictures / "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade")

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. (Video via Channel 4)

British drones, which have been used to kill British jihadis in Syria before, could also possibly target him. (Video via Royal Air Force)

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.