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American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Sara Newman |
May 31, 2014 | 10:01 a.m. PDT

Deputy Editor

American bomber fighting for the rebels in Syria, (Twitpic/Vice News)
American bomber fighting for the rebels in Syria, (Twitpic/Vice News)

On Friday, the State Department confirmed that an American citizen participated in a suicide bombing in Syria. 

This is the first confirmed case of such action by an American during the three-year conflict.  

Fighting for a Syrian rebel group, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a 22-year-old South Florida resident, took his own life in a truck bombing in Idlib on Sunday. 

Many believe that an Al Qaeda-backed militant group organized the effort.Rebels from the al-Nusra Front, fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, claim that Abu-Salha's truck was filled with 16 tons of explosives intended to destroy Idlib's al-Fanar, awhere Syrian troops were believed to gather.

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