A former U.S. soldier has joined forces with Jabhat al-Nusra, known as the most notorious rebel group in Syria, according to The Telegraph on Tuesday.
Eric Harroun fought with multiple Free Syrian Army groups and has claimed to have killed numerous Syrian soldiers.
Despite never being deployed, during an interview with Fox News Harroun said “I was separated in a battle and most of my group were killed in action and al-Nusra picked me up.”
“Getting into al-Nusra is not rocket science, it just takes brains,” he added.
Harroun served in the U.S. army from 2000 to 2003, however, he was never sent into action and was later relieved of his duties due to head injuries sustained in a car accident.
Eric’s father suggested his son may be suffering from mental health issues, Darryl Harroun said that “he was already suffering from depression before that, and the accident just kind of multiplied it.”
Harroun, who converted to Islam after becoming friends with two Iraqis in the U.S., travelled to Syria after taking part in the 2011 Tahrir protests in Cairo. He then went on to extensively travel the Middle East.
It is believed that Harroun, who was previously in Turkey, fled after he came to the attention of the government and was accused of being a spy.
In a video posted on Eric Harroun’s Facebook profile he is seen conveying a personal message to President Bashar al-Assad saying “your days are numbered. You’re going down in flames. You should just quit now while you can, and leave. You’re going to die no matter what.”
Harroun has also posted photographs depicting him with various kinds of artillery on his Facebook page.