ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A judge has again ordered a U.S. Army veteran accused of
supporting a terrorist group while fighting in Syria alongside the opposition to
President Bashar Assad to remain jailed pending trial.
Eric Harroun of Phoenix was indicted last month and charged with providing
material support to a terrorist group. Specifically, prosecutors said he
confessed to willingly fighting with an al-Qaida group called Jabhat al-Nusra
that is one of the groups seeking to topple Assad’s regime.
A magistrate had already ordered Harroun detained pending trial. But his lawyer
asked the judge to reconsider, saying Harroun was mistaken and confused about
the various opposition groups and never joined up with al-Nusra.
At a hearing Monday in federal court in Alexandria, the magistrate said he
still considers the confession to be legitimate.