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Eric Harroun FBI Affadavit

Eric Harroun FBI Affadavit

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I
UNITED
STATES
DISTRICT
COURT
//
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EASTERNDISTRICT
OF
VIRGINIA
/
OfL
™PD
Alexandria
Division
UNITEDSTATESOF
AMERICA
v.
ERIC
HARROUN
Defendant.
AFFIDAVIT
IN
SUPPORT
OF
A
CRIMINALCOMPLAINT
I,PaulHigginbotham.beingdulysworn,stateasfollows:
1.IamaSpecialAgentwiththeFederalBureau
of
Investigation(FBI)andhave
servedinthiscapacityfortwoyears.IamcurrentlyassignedtotheWashingtonFieldOffice,
whereIworkwithateam
of
agentswhoarefocusedoninvestigatingcrimesrelatedto
internationalterrorism.Mydutiesrequiremetoenforcevariousfederallaws,toincludethose
that
involve
actsofterrorismby
U.S.
citizensandinvolvingdesignatedforeignterrorist
organizations.
2.Iamfamiliarwiththe
facts
andcircumstancessetforthbelow
from
myreviewof
publiclyavailableinformationandinformationprovidedbyotherlawenforcementofficialsand
foreign
governments.
Becausethis
affidavit
is
for
the
limitedpurpose
of
establishing
probable
causeforacriminalcomplaint,itdoesnotset
forth
every
fact
learnedinthecourseofthis
investigation.
3.ThisaffidavitissubmittedinsupportofacriminalcomplaintchargingERIC
HARROUN,
withconspiringtousea
weapon
ofmassdestructionoutsideofthe
United
States,in
violation
of
18U.S.C.§2332a(b).
Case
No.1:13
MJ
182
1
Case 1:13-mj-00182-TCB Document 2 Filed 03/28/13 Page 1 of 9 PageID# 2
 
JABHAT
AL-NUSRAHAND
SYRIA
4.TheJabhatal-Nusrah,also
known
astheal-NusrahFront,isa"terrorist
organization"asdefinedby18U.S.C.§2339B(g)(6).OnOctober8,2004,theSecretary
of
State
designatedJam'atalTawhidasaForeignTerroristOrganizationpursuanttoSection219
of
the
ImmigrationandNationalityAct.Sincethatdesignation,theorganizationrepeatedly
changed
its
name.OnDecember15,2004,theSecretary
of
Stateamendedthedesignationtoincludemore
than
a
dozenadditionalnames
forthe
samegroup.
Thegroupis
commonlyreferred
toas"al
Qa'idain
Iraq,"including
onthe
State
Department's
public
listof
designated
foreign
terrorist
organizations.
On
November
20,2012,
the
Secretary
of
State
again
amendedthe
designation
to
includemorerecentaliasesusedbythesameterroristorganization.Thosealiasesincludedal-NusrahFront,Jabhetal-Nusra,Jabhatal-Nusrah,TheVictoryFront,andal-NusrahFrontforthe
People
ofthe
Levant.
The
amendment
was
published
inthe
FederalRegister
on
December
11,
2012.
5.AccordingtotheStateDepartmentwhenannouncingtheamendmentofthedesignationtoincludetheal-NusrahFront,sinceNovember2011,al-NusrahFronthasclaimed
responsibilityfor
nearly
600terrorist
attacks
in
Syria.
ERIC
HARROUNAND
HIS
FOREIGN
TRAVEL
6.ERICHARROUNisaU.S.citizen.HARROUNservedwiththeUnitedStates
Army
from
2000
to
2003.
In
2003,
hewas
injured
in
a
caraccident
and
was
medically
dischargedfromthemilitary.
7.
According
to
travelrecordsprovided
by
the
Airlines
Reporting
Company(ARC),
in
December2010,
HARROUN
traveled
from
the
United
States
to
Cairo,
Egyptand
then
onto
Beirut,Lebanon
in
February
2011.Thoserecordsfurther
indicatethat
in
September
2011,
HARROUNflew
from
Cairo,
Egypt
to
Amman,
Jordan
and
thenonto
Beirut,
Lebanon
in
Case 1:13-mj-00182-TCB Document 2 Filed 03/28/13 Page 2 of 9 PageID# 3
 
October2011.
Those
recordsfurtherindicatethat
HARROUN
returned
tothe
UnitedStates
onOctober
17,2011.
8.AccordingtotravelrecordsprovidedbyARC,inJune2012,HARROUNflew
throughChinatoBangkok,Thailand.InNovember2012,ARCrecordsindicatethat
HARROUNflewfromVietnamtoIstanbul,Turkey.
9.
HARROUN
enteredTurkeyinNovember2012.HecrossedintoSyriaonor
aboutJanuary7,2013fromKilisattheOncupinarbordercrossing.
VIDEOS
AND
PHOTOGRAPHSOF
HARROUN
10.AfterHARROUNenteredSyria,heappearedintwovideoswhichindicatedthat
he
was
engaged
in
militaryaction
in
Syria
with
rebel
forces
against
the
Syriagovernment.
For
instance,
onor
about
January
26,
2013,
an
articletitled
"'AmericanFighter'
Vows
Death
to
Assad"
was
published
ona
news
website.
The
article
was
accompanied
by
an
image
of
HARROUNtakenfrom
a
YouTubevideo.
The
video
waspublishedbya
research
instituteand
obtained
by
the
FBI.
In
thevideo,
HARROUN
appears
sitting
among
a
group
of
men
who
are
wearingmilitarystyleclothing.
HARROUN
speaksdirectlytothecameraandstates:"Bashar
Al-Assad,
your
daysare
numberedWherefever]
you
go
wewill
findyouandkill
you."
11.OnoraboutFebruary14,2013,anindividualwithaccesstoaFacebookaccount
which
uses
HARROUN'sname
and
profile
photographshared
a
link
to
a
video
ofa
helicopter
that
appeared
to
have
been
shot
down.Based
on
my
review
ofthe
public
information
associated
with
thisaccount,
I
believe
that
thisaccount
is
HARROUN's
Facebookaccount.
In
the
post
referencedabove,
the
text
accompanying
thevideo
stated"Downed
a
SyrianHelicopter
then
Looted
all
Intel
and
Weapons!"
Thevideowas
publicly
available
onthe
Facebookaccount,
and
FBI
obtained
a
copy
of
the
video.The
video
shows
a
downed
Syrian
helicopter
and
depicts
Case 1:13-mj-00182-TCB Document 2 Filed 03/28/13 Page 3 of 9 PageID# 4

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