In the U.S., they release terrorists for war in Syria !
Eric Harroun, 31, from Phoenix, Arizona, who had been charged with providing material support to the terrorist group al-Nusra Front, entered a plea agreement Thursday in US District Court in Alexandria, This one US Army veteran accused of fighting alongside an al-Qaeda affiliated group in Syria has been released from prison after a secret plea deal.
Harroun had been jailed since returning to the US in March facing the possibility of life in prison. He allegedly posted videos on the Internet showing him with weapons.
Prosecutors first accused Harroun of fighting alongside the al-Nusra Front, a terrorist group responsible for many acts of terrorism directed at both Syrian soldiers and civilians, but defense lawyers argued there was confusion about which militant group their client had joined.
The plea agreement, the statement of facts or detailed descriptions of the illegal conduct supporting the guilty plea are all under seal. No press release was issued about Harroun’s guilty plea either.
In July, the director of the US government’s National Counterterrorism Center admitted that an increasing number of fighters from Europe and the United States were heading for Syria to join the militants fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“We see foreign fighters going from Western Europe and, in a small number of cases, from the United States to Syria to fight for the opposition,” Matthew Olsen said at the time.
Charles Lister, the author of a recent study about militant groups in Syria, has named the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as the most “extreme” groups of the insurgency in Syria which together command an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 fighters.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has put forth a proposal for training and arming some members of the insurgency in Syria.
President Barack Obama has waived a provision of federal law that bans the supply of “lethal aid” to terrorist groups in order to arm “selected” members of the opposition in Syria.