Eric Harroun, Phoenix Vet Who Fought With Rebels Against Syrian Regime, Remains Jailed

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Eric Harroun (right).


While politicians like President Obama and Senator John McCain continue to call for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an Army veteran remains in jail for fighting against the same regime.

Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old Phoenix native, faces life in prison for allegedly providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction -- charges he was indicted on in June, before there were public calls for American military action in Syria.

Again, Harroun and the U.S. government list the same enemy, but Harroun's looking at life in prison.

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Harroun initially was arrested in March after he was accused of fighting in Syria on behalf of Al-Qaeda, although the details of the case tell a radically different story.

The FBI had been well aware of Harroun since around 2010. Seven years earlier, Harroun had been honorably discharged from the Army after sustaining some sort of brain injury in a car accident. It's unclear the extent of his injury, although his attorney has said he suffers from headaches and memory loss.

At some point, Harroun developed an interest in the Middle East, and the FBI was aware that Harroun started traveling around the region. Court filings from federal prosecutors suggest Harroun may have participated in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, a citizen uprising involving many types of people.

But it appears that the FBI watched Harroun a lot more closely when he went to Syria in January of this year and started fighting against the Assad regime, alongside the Free Syrian Army.

Harroun didn't really make a secret of this, as he posted videos and updates on social-media websites. In one, Harroun says, "Bashar Al-Assad, your days are numbered . . . Where[ver] you go, we will find you and kill you."

That statement's probably not too upsetting to the U.S. government, as President Obama has been urging military action over Assad's government gassing to death more than a thousand people.

Harroun also voluntarily submitted to interviews with the FBI -- four times.

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16 comments
Libertard
Libertard

this is our warmonger in chief's jihad, and only Al-Qaeda is invited to join Barry.

UDONTKNOW
UDONTKNOW

Harroun is not incarcerated, prove it.  He is working for our government.

G Paul Hudak
G Paul Hudak

Are we sure the regime used chemical weapons on its own people? Maybe it was terrorists. Sounds like something they'd do...

menyou
menyou

How is he a stupid fu*ck? The guy is battle hungry as many people are and took initiative. If I spoke Arabic, had the money, and no commitment I would be over there as well fighting with assad.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Harroun is certainly guilty of being a stupid f**k. He's no Adam Gadahn either. If and when Gadahn is captured, I'll gladly stick the needle in his arm although I'm opposed to capital punishment.

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

Because I troll your page. Thanks for the response. Now that I got your attention I can move on... Maybe the Enquirer?

Keith Woodson
Keith Woodson

if Obama goes over there, he will be fighting on behalf of Al-Qaeda too, just iike Harroun was doing, right?

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

This time at least you punctuated correctly. Question: If you don't care, why take the time to comment?

G Paul Hudak
G Paul Hudak

Actually, terrorists used chemical weapons, not the regime. Yeah, the same terrorists we've been fighting. Now we're arming them - again. I'm afraid you've lost your initiative, New Times social media editor. Don't worry, I'll be taking your job soon. Thanks!

afatknacker
afatknacker

@Phoenix New Times I think your comment was pithy and churlish. Surely the purpose of a 'comments section' is to allow readers to 'comment'? Just because someone who 'doesn't care' posts a comment is no reason to sarcastically critique their grammar. Grow up!

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