Army Vet Charged with Plot to Use WMD in Syria

Eric Harroun / Facebook

Eric Harroun / Facebook


A U.S. Army veteran allegedly plotted with al Qaeda to use weapons of mass destruction against the Syrian regime, reports the Associated Press:

Eric Harroun of Phoenix was charged Thursday in federal court in northern Virginia with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. An affidavit states Harroun has been engaged in military action in Syria, siding with rebel forces against the Syrian government. It says he used rocket-propelled grenades in the fighting earlier this year.

On his Facebook page, he claimed credit for downing a Syrian helicopter.

Prosecutors say one of the groups with which Harroun served is the al-Nusrah Front, which is commonly known as al-Qaida in Iraq.