WASHINGTON - Despite media attention surrounding the death of
an American woman in Syria, only a few US citizens have joined the ranks of
foreigners fighting there to oust President Bashar Assad, US government
officials and private experts monitoring the conflict say.
Mansfield of Flint, Michigan, a convert to Islam, was killed last week in the
company of Syrian rebels in Idlib province, Syrian state media
Former US soldier Eric Harroun was arrested on his return to the
United States in March and charged with conspiring to use a rocket-propelled
grenade in Syria. Investigators said he acknowledged fighting with Syrian
rebels, including the Nusra Front, which Washington says is a branch of al-Qaida.