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US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

Published on May 31, 2014 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, US officials said on Friday, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight in the three-year war that has already left 162,000 people dead. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki identified the suicide bomber as Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha. Abu-Salha is thought to have been behind a truck bombing against regime forces on Sunday in the northern province of Idlib. He went by the alias Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki.

Abu Hurayra refers to a companion of the prophet Mohammed and Al-Amriki means "the American" in Arabic.

Ms Psaki agreed it was believed to be the first such suicide bombing carried out by an American since the start of the war in 2011.

Estimates of the number of foreign fighters who have flooded into Syria in the past three years range from between 9,000 to 11,000, with most believed to have come from neighboring countries.

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