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A former US soldier accused of working alongside al-Qaeda is staying in jail for now.
Eric -- -- appeared before a federal judge today one week after the FBI arrested in the Virginia.
Prosecutors say he went to Syria in January to fight against president Bashar Al Assad.
They say he joined up with a group linked to al-Qaeda and plotted the use a rocket propelled grenade.
The US government considers that a crime for a citizen to use an RPG.
No matter who the target is.
Still the veteran tells foxnews.com.
He considers himself a Muslim freedom fighter.
And says his father has and as his father has said the sun is no terrorists.
-- peace with the details in Washington I would happening court Steve.
Well -- -- depend defendant appeared in court with a beard and looking well groomed.
This was supposed to be a detention hearing for the thirty year old freelance -- from Phoenix Arizona.
But both sides agreed they needed more time to deal with what the defense said was not your run of the mill case.
A continuance was granted until next Monday.
Erica Rubin spoke only -- -- was asked by the judge to be understood he'll stay in jail for now in -- -- and answered politely yes your honor.
Chip prosecutors haven't actually charged him with supporting terrorism haven't.
No that's right the charge is one of using a weapon of mass destruction in this case her rules on the same side as the US supporting the Syrian opposition.
But the prosecution made a point of saying he was fighting with a group allied with al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Which the US labels a terrorist organization Peru and is not accused of terrorism at this point the charges could be added later -- Steve Centanni in Washington tonight.
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