According to reports, Ritter was charged in a June 2001 Internet sex sting in New York, but that case was dismissed.
He had been charged with attempted child endangerment after arranging in an online chatroom to meet what he thought was a 16-year-old girl at a Burger King restaurant.
When I first talked to Belden, in November, he had been in Syria for two months and was looking forward to his first shower in weeks.
“Incredibly filthy right down to the bone,” he said via text message.
The girl turned out to be an undercover policewoman. The New York Post reported Ritter had been caught in a similar case involving a 14-year-old girl in April 2001, but that he was not charged. Ritter first made headlines in 1997 when, as a senior UNSCOM member, he was accused by Iraq of being an American spy himself.
Ritter said the criminal charge was a smear campaign in response to his criticizing U. In 1998, Ritter resigned from the United Nations Special Commission weapons inspection team and has been the most outspoken critic of U. Now a consultant, he is the author of "Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America" and "Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem Once and For All."According to published interviews, Ritter has twin daughters who are about 16.
The YPG, which barely existed before 2011, had been so successful in battling ISIS that the Pentagon wanted to give the Kurds and their allies more support to aid the assault on Raqqa, but Turkey, which considers the YPG a terrorist organization, has strongly objected to the idea.