Federal authorities in Virginia are looking into charging Eric Harroun-a former US solder. He is being charged with conspiring to use a rocket propelled grenade while he was fighting with the al-Nusrah in Syria. Evidence gathered showed Mr. Harroun on Youtube videos and facebook postings. He was working alongside the group referred to as al Qaeda in Iraq.
The federal court in Alexandria, Va. is looking into life imprisonment. They also stated that 600 terrorist attacks in Syria have been credited to this unit. Harroun freely cooperated with the FBI as to being part of an RPG unit carrying three rockets and an AK-47. He also mentioned of hitting a tower with a rocket alongside other members firing at other Syrian targets of interest.
From photographs on located al Qaeda normally shuns alcohol, however they have lowered their recruiting standards to allow highly trained “mercenaries” to help them with operations. From his interviews in Turkey, he mentions women and alcohol. Referencing the eighth century Abbasid ruler Harroun al-Rashid; he likened himself as “a Caliph of Baghdad and a womanizer”.
Part of the units operations include brutally killing of civilians, killing prisoners of war, firing mortars on residential areas killing students, human bombers in the mosques (one incident of killing an 80 year old man along with his grandson and over 40 innocent civilians. Downplayed in the papers, the group has made claims for their acts on Syrian civilians, killing jornalist working for the Syrian government. Blaming Assad for civilian casualities, they come as an embarrassment to the US government. The US/UK governments are trying to remove Assad on humanitarian grounds, however their geopolitical intentions are being twarted by al Qaeda.
Suggestions on the table would be to, 1) Supranational laws (humanitarian concerns) would come into effect because of Harroun killing civilians, 2) Syria may want the UN tribunal to investigate for war crimes and look into the death penalty, 3) possibility of causing a surge of patriotism in the US, 4) CIA, FBI, and other intelligence agencies worldwide are going to work harder to follow the trail of other “patriots” following in Harroun’s footsteps, 5) can use Harroun’s recruitment techniques to plant an mole in al-Qaeda, 6) force the United Nations to stiffen their Supranational laws in regards to humanitarian casualities, 7) al Qaeda will lower their standards to accomodate experienced skilled fighters from around the world, 8) the physical infrastructure of the Assad military machine and the rebels will be convoluted because of the entry of outside forces, 9) more manhours spent on investigations of alleged interference from outside forces, embarrasment by the US government, since they have accused Assad to violating human rights.