US Army Vet Who Fought in Syria Gets Plea Deal

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A U.S. Army veteran accused of fighting alongside an al-Qaida-affiliated group of Syrian rebels is out of jail following a plea deal.

Thirty-one-year-old Eric Harroun had been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and faced up to life in prison.

But under a deal entered in federal court, Harroun pleaded guilty to an obscure law regulating munitions exports. He was sentenced to time served.

The plea agreement remains sealed, though court records show it was entered Thursday.

Harroun had been jailed since March.

Prosecutors first accused Harroun of fighting alongside the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, one of many Syrian rebel groups seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. But defense lawyers argued there was confusion about which rebel group Harroun had joined.

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