US Army veteran fighting with al Qaeda
Video of a downed Syrian regime helicopter taken by Eric Harroun, a US Army veteran fighting alongside Islamist rebels. Harroun, a Muslim convert known as "the American," has fought with various groups, including the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria. From a Fox News profile:
Eric Harroun, 30, grew up in Phoenix before joining the U.S. Army in 2000. Although Harroun was never deployed during his three-year hitch, he has seen plenty of combat fighting with Syrian rebels and, more recently, Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the U.S. State Department classifies as an alias for 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 told FoxNews.com during one of several brief interviews conducted via Skype.
Harroun, who said he is now in Turkey, shrugged off a question about fighting alongside Al Qaeda terrorists who have joined the Syrian rebellion, saying, "the U.S. plays both sides, too." He said the offshoot of the terror group behind the 9/11 attacks welcomed him.