ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - 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 say 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 actually 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.