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Brand -- -- starting with a Fox News alert because we have new details now emerging about a former American soldier.
Accused of fighting alongside al-Qaeda in that civil war in Syria.
Charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Welcome to a brand new hour of America's Newsroom on this Good Friday on Bill Hemmer welcome here.
Cecilia nice to see -- bill thanks so much I'm Alisyn -- in for Martha went on today.
This isn't confusing case the -- -- arrested thirty year old US army veteran -- her room they arrested yesterday in Virginia.
Charging him with plotting to use a rocket propelled grenade.
Against Syrian president Bashar Al Assad regime this is a charge they could get him life in prison.
And Fox's Doug Luzader is live in Washington -- -- -- -- how does army veteran end up in the Syria.
Alison good morning well by all indications he simply wanted to join the fight -- off he went this is thirty year old -- room.
Who hails from Arizona he has been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction he was in federal a federal court.
I just outside of DC yesterday.
This guy hasn't exactly made a secret of the fact that he had joined us Syrian rebels to try to overthrow Syria's president Bashar -- aside.
Even shot this video and he has a FaceBook page with images from the fighting.
The federal prosecutors say he headed to the region back in November apparently through Turkey.
To link up with the rebels.
Free Syrian Army but he may have also been fighting alongside the Al -- for a front that's a group also known as al-Qaeda in Iraq now back in Arizona.
-- his father told a reporter that his son is not a terrorist.
Allegations that he was working along side and a group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
I don't believe that that's all -- that's not true at all it's as fluid -- would never do that.
And it back -- -- is not charged with providing support material support -- terrorist group instead he's accused of conspiring to use of WMD in this case or rocket propelled grenade launcher and federal law does classify that as.
A WMD and a that's a Doug what do we know about current army service.
Well -- we know from prosecutors that he served in the army apparently -- -- from 2000 to 2003 he was released on a medical discharge after being in a car accident.
His father said he had a head injury and suffers now from depression.
An army spokesman told the Associated Press that to their knowledge he did not have any overseas deployments during that time.
All right Doug -- thanks so much for the update and --
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