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Former Army Soldier Facing Charges for Involvement in Syrian Conflict

The New York Times reports that former U.S. Army soldier Eric Harroun, 30, has been charged with “conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States,” a charge punishable by up to life in prison, for fighting in support of a Syrian terrorist group against the Syrian government.

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Harroun allegedly entered Syria in January and joined forces with the Al Nusra Front, which U.S. officials consider to be part of Al Qaeda in Iraq, a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to the Times. The article continues:

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Mr. Harroun told an F.B.I. agent, Paul Higginbotham, that he was part of an ‘R.P.G. team,’ firing rocket-propelled grenades, which qualify as a ‘destructive device’ under the law. The charge does not have any connection to terrorism, though more charges could be filed later.

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You can read the criminal complaint and FBI affidavit here.

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One Response to “Former Army Soldier Facing Charges for Involvement in Syrian Conflict”

  1. […] As you may recall from a post last week, Harroun is being prosecuted for allegedly fighting in Syria alongside rebel forces and the Nusra Front—part of al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq—and against Bashar al Assad’s government. The specific charges against Harroun include conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States. […]

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