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US investigates reports of American suicide bomber in Syria

WASHINGTON - US government agencies were examining social media postings purporting to show how an American who was fighting with an al-Qaeda affiliate blew himself up recently in a suicide attack in northern Syria, US officials said.

 

The officials, who declined to be identified, said US agencies assessed that the postings were likely authentic. One said some investigators
believed they knew the "US person's" true identity, but declined to give further details.

 

According to internet postings, the suicide bomber, who called himself "Abu Hurayra al-Amriki" carried out one of four suicide bombings on May 25 in Syria's Idlib province on behalf of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's affiliate fighting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad. (Reuters)