31 May '14, 2pm

US officials have identified American suicide bomber in Syria

US officials have identified the American who took part in a suicide operation carried out by the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, earlier this month. The State Department confirmed yesterday that the jihadist, known as Abu Hurayra al Amriki, was in fact an American. "I can confirm that this individual was a US citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria," Jen Psaki, the State Department spokesperson, said during a press briefing . "We don't have further information beyond that at this - to share at this time." But officials later told the press that the man was named Moner Mohammad Abusalha. According to The New York Times , which has published an account of Abusalha's background , the American recruit was in his early 20s, "grew up in Florida and traveled to Syria late last year." "Mr. Abusalha had been among several dozen Americans on the radar o...

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