Hearing for man accused of fighting with al-Qaida

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 7:34 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate is scheduled to hear evidence on whether an Arizona man accused of fighting alongside an al-Qaida group in Syria should remain jailed as he awaits trial.

Thirty-year-old Eric Harroun of Phoenix was charged last week in federal court in Alexandria, Va., with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. Specifically, prosecutors say he joined up with an al-Qaida affiliate and fired rocket-propelled grenades as part of a rebellion against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Harroun is a U.S. Army veteran who openly bragged on Facebook about his exploits among the Syrian rebels. He was arrested when he returned to the U.S. last week through Dulles International Airport in the Washington area.

He faces up to life in prison.

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