Few Americans among foreigners fighting with Syrian rebels

By REUTERS
June 5, 2013 00:01

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.

Nicole Mansfield of Flint, Michigan, a convert to Islam, was killed last week in the company of Syrian rebels in Idlib province, Syrian state media said.

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.


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