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Former Soldier With Fighting Alongside al-Qaeda in Syria

March 29, 2013

A former US soldier faces terrorism charges for fighting with an opposition extremist group in Syria, the US Justice Department said Thursday.

Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, Arizona, is charged with conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States for using a rocket propelled grenade while fighting with the al-Nusra Front in Syria.

The group is affiliated with al-Qaeda and has been designated as a terrorist group by the United States since 2004.

Harroun, who served in the US Army from 2000-2003, entered Syria in January and fought with al-Nusra Front against Bashar al-Assad's forces, the FBI said in an affidavit.

He allegedly posted photos and videos online of himself posing with machine guns and the RPG. In one video he said, "Bashar al-Assad, your days are numbered ... where(ever) you go we will find you and kill you," the affidavit said.

If convicted, Harroun would face up to life in prison.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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