Arizona Man Joins Al Qaeda Group and Tours the Middle East Fighting

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A former U.S. soldier raised in Phoenix is hopping around the Middle East lending his services to various warring countries and jihadist groups, according to Fox News - there's a seemingly authentic Youtube video to back it up (see below).

The article says that Eric Harroun, 30, was most recently in Syria fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, classified by the U.S. State Department as a group with links to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

"I was separated in a battle and most of my group was K.I.A. and Al-Nusra picked me up," Harroun tells

New Times reached out to Harroun and members of his family, but no one responded.

Harroun grew up in Phoenix before joining the Army in 2000. He spent three years deployed where he saw little or no action. But since then, he's skipped around to various warring countries. He protested Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and later fought in Syria, trying to bring down Bashar al-Assad.

Harroun is known as "The American" to Syrian rebels, according to the article, and is currently in Turkey.

His father, Darryl Harroun, who lists Arizona as home on his Facebook page, told Fox that his son was discharged from the Army when a pickup truck he rode in struck a tree and he was seriously injured. He received full disability pay and has a steel plate in his head.

"Now he has mood swings and what-not," Darryl tells Fox. "He was already suffering from depression before that, and the accident just kind of multiplied it."

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Great (yeah, just SO great) early April Fool. I miss Yemen Aid.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

.....Fail New Times! Obama Loves Al Qaeda, I bet if Obama met this guy he would have a beer with him and shack his hand!

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

no he just met up with a slightly shady group which obviously would happen in his situation. his only mistake was letting anyone talk to fox news and not a credible news organization. he isn't a terrorist, just a dude tryn to help ppl, and god bless him, its absolutely disgusting and horrifying the way that country fell apart. clearly the biggest blunder by the u.n. in terms of how they handled it. I'm happy someone decided to help. also our country is supporting the rebels now so to say hes fighting against us is wholly incorrect.

Nick Atkins
Nick Atkins

I am so confused by this article, it says he fought with the Syrian rebels and during the riots in Egypt. Those are not terrorists fighting those are people fighting for their rights and liberties. There needs to be a much more in-depth analysis of this guy and please stop getting facts from Faux news, you might as well quote Wikipedia at that point.

Gina Wilkinson-Montague
Gina Wilkinson-Montague

well, since he has effectively revoked his American citizenship by fighting against our country, I see no problem with his termination.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I trust that there is international warrant out for his arrest. When he's caught he's going to join Johnny Walker in the Supermax. Maybe the  two of them can spank it on a prayer rug together.


We should drone strike him.  And according to Eric Holder, it sounds like we could do that even after he returned to U.S. soil as Mr. Holder has refused plainly state that it is his legal opinon that it would be illegal for the administration to engage in a drone struck against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil.

ExpertShot topcommenter

@Edward Anthony Green Love thy neighbor as thyself - not much of a Christian are you?  Must be a Mormon.

david_saint01 topcommenter

@Edward Anthony Green LOL thats why most of them are dead right? just a slight flaw in your logic there 



He clarified if for Rand Paul

Dear Senator Paul:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.


Eric H. Holder, Jr.


@marcy But then again, does this mean that the AG is reserving the right to kill an American "engaged in combat on American soil"?   If so, what is the relationship between using a drone to kill an American engaged in combat on American Soil, and 18 U.S.C. § 1385, "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."  Is he edging the military into enforcing laws against taking up arms against the government/treason?   That opens an interesting pandora's box.


@marcy Thanks - I hadn't seen that.  That's reassuring - I'll sleep better tonight.  Though I think taht Rand Paul is a nut job, the crazy part is it took Rand Paul's demonstration to get Holder to clarify.  You'd think that this would be one of those fundamental questions that would've been a lot easier for an AG to answer.

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