U.S. arrests Syrian man on charges of smuggling military equipment to Islamists

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Militant fighters of Ahrar al-Sham. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – A Syrian-born U.S. citizen has been arrested on charges of smuggling military supplies to radical Islamist groups in war-torn Syria, officials said. 

Amin al-Baroudi, 50, faces charges of personally arranging several shipments of military equipment to Syria over the past four years. 

Al-Baroudi has reportedly smuggled rifle scopes, night-vision goggles and other military-style gear from the United States to radical groups in Syria. 

According to prosecutors, the suspect has delivered the goods to militants of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. Both militant groups have been fighting for years against Syrian army forces and moderate rebel factions. 

He was arrested on Thursday at Washington Dulles International Airport, according to security officials. 

Al-Baroudi, a former California resident, had been living in Saudi Arabia before returning to the United States. 

The Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front are listed by the United States as foreign terrorist organizations. 

By: Amal Mahamid 

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