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U.S. ex-solidier charged with aiding al-Qaida group

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A former American soldier was charged Thursday for illegally using a weapon to aid an al-Qaida affiliated group in Syria, CNN reported.
Eric Harroun, 30, was arrested by the FBI Tuesday near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, CNN reported.
Harroun appeared in federal court in Alexandria, Va. and was charged in connection of using a rocket-propelled grenade in Syria, CNN reported.
Harroun was accused of entering Syra in January and being aiding in attacks on Assad forces led by the Al Nusra Front, which is part of an al-Qaida group, the New York Times reported.
Harroun told FBI agent Paul Higginbotham that he was part of an "RPG team," firing rocket-propelled grenades, the affidavit filed said, the New York Times reported.
Harroun wrote on his Facebook page that "the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist," and told the FBI that he dient know any al-Qaida members and would help fight against any regime that imposed Sharia law in Syria because he is opposed to oppression, the New York Times reported.
Harroun was discharged from the army in 2003 after he was injured in a car accident, said the affidavit, The New York Times reported.

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