Eric Harroun (Jabhat al-Nusra / JN) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILE

Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old former U.S. soldier, has been charged by federal authorities in Virginia with conspiring to use a rocket propelled grenade while fighting with the al-Nusrah Front in Syria. Harroun said he was part of an "RPG Team" and carried three rockets in a backpack along with an AK-47. He describes himself as a Sunni Muslim on Facebook and writes about his hatred of Israel and Zionists. According to the NY Times: "Even though he was fighting to oust Mr. Assad — a goal the United States fervently supports — his brief alliance with the Nusra Front “makes him a dangerous individual.”  He noted prosecution claims that Mr. Harroun had said after leaving Syria that he wanted to go to Palestine and fight against the Israelis. Mr. Harroun had told agents he “hated Al Qaeda” and that they had no evidence that he held “fundamentalist or jihadist views.”VideoVideo:2013 Video of Eric Harroun

Eric Harroun (Jabhat al-Nusra / JN) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILE, also known as The American Jihadist  is an inactive group formed c. 2000.
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