Eric Harroun, 30, of Arizona, was arrested Wednesday at an airport, while returning to the United States, NBC reports. He’s accused of firing rocket-propelled grenade in Syria, while fighting with the al Qaeda-linked group, al-Nusrah Front, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia alleged in court on Thursday.
“Harroun, a U.S. citizen who served with the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2003, was charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to use a destructive device outside of the United States, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, in a statement reported by NBC.
He faces life in prison for “conspiring to use a destructive device outside of the United States,” NBC reports.
Mr. Harroun was discharged from the military due to medical complications from a car wreck, NBC reported.
Photo: A native of Phoenix, thirty-year-old Eric Harroun joined the U.S. Army in 2000, and served until 2003, when he was medically discharged after a car accident. He reportedly has a steel plate in his head as a result. A self-defined freedom fighter, Harroun claims to have participated in several Arab Spring uprisings.