US soldier fights with Al Qaeda

A former American soldier who served in the United States Army from 2000 to 2003, entered Syria in January and participated in attacks on Assad forces led by the Al Nusra Front, which officials say is part of Al Qaeda in Iraq, a designated terrorist group. The soldier was charged in Alexandria, Va., with “conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States,” a crime that can carry a life sentence. “If this guy’s telling the truth, there’s an interesting question as to why we’re prosecuting him, he seems to be fighting on the U.S. side, but with the wrong people.”The soildier has traveled in the Middle East and Asia in recent years and entered Syria in January from Turkey.

The former soldier said, “the U.S. plays both sides, too.” “I hate Iran, too. I am a freedom fighter.”

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