American National Guardsman Arrested on Terror Charges

An ABC News investigation in January revealed a number of Americans were going to join the Syrian civil war, most of them fighting for the rebels – the same side as al Qaeda-linked groups there. More than 50 such individuals have already fought and returned home, senior officials said in that report. Not all of those who have returned are considered “jihadis” who adhere to the anti-U.S. violent ideology espouse by the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but many are suspected of such sympathies, the officials said.

In March what appeared to be two former California gang members appeared in an online video, claiming to be fighting in Syria, but on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.

READ: From Syria to Stateside: New Al Qaeda Threat to US Homeland

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