ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A magistrate has delayed a detention hearing for an Arizona man accused of fighting alongside an al-Qaida group in Syria.
Thirty-year-old Eric Harroun of Phoenix was charged
last week in federal court in Alexandria with conspiring to use a
weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. Specifically, prosecutors
say he joined up with an al-Qaida affiliate and fired rocket-propelled
grenades as part of a rebellion against the regime of Syrian President
A detention hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday.
But it was postponed until April 8 after public defender Geremy Kamens
said he was in discussions with prosecutors to resolve whether pretrial
detention is necessary.
Harroun, nicknamed "Arizona Jones" by friends and
family, is an Army veteran who openly bragged on Facebook about his
exploits among the Syrian rebels.