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U.S. Army vet jailed for fighting with Syrian al-Quaida

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 08, 2013 Apr 8, 2013 Monday, April 08 2013 April 08, 2013 6:36 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA- A U.S. Army veteran accused of joining al-Qaida to fight in Syria will remain in jail pending his trial. Eric Harroun's lawyers tried to argue that he was fighting with Syrian rebels who share the U.S. government's desire to oust the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But prosecutors convinced a federal judge no chance should be taken when the rebel group is an arm of al-Qaida. Harroun is from Phoenix and faces up to life in prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction by firing rocked propelled grenades at Syrian government forces. The court hearing was to determine if he could get out of jail on bond.

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