Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old US Army veteran said to have been fighting alongside al-Qaeda terrorists against the Assad regime in Syria, was reported early Friday to have been killed there, but later purportedly sent a journalist messages saying he was alive and well.
A video posted by a pro-Assad group showed several bodies including one that resembled Harroun’s, and said he had been “terminated,” US news sites reported. The video was posted on YouTube early Friday under the headline: “Terrorists, including American Extremist ‘Eric Harroun’, Have Been Terminated,” the website AOL Defense reported, saying it would not publish the video because it was too graphic. The claim of Harroun’s death was picked up by several news outlets, with comments from the Pentagon and his family that they had no information.
Later Friday, however, AOL Defense said it had received a message from Harroun, or someone using his Facebook account, saying he was alive and fighting with the Free Syrian Army, not the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra. A second message read, “Lol I was reported Dead! Show me the link. I never joined Al Nusra !!! I am FSA get it right.”..........(CONTINUED)
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