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New Extremist Group Targeted in Syria
By admin October 1, 2014

Khorasan group

 

Khorasan, a relatively unknown extremist group, has been targeted in the first round of airstrikes conducted by the US and its Arab allies in Syria effectively killing its leader Mushin al-Fadhli. The State Department had offered a $7 million reward for information on his whereabouts in 2012. The Pentagon’s Rear Admiral John Kirby said “Khorasan Group posed an imminent threat to the US”. As US officials explain, it appears that the group was in the final execution stages of a plot against the United States, although it was not clear when, where or how the militants intended to strike, one US report said they were planning to build a bomb that would be difficult to detect by lacing non-metallic objects like toothpaste tubes and clothes with explosives.

Many experts question the validity of the Pentagon’s statements as they have never heard of the group before. Officials explain that the group is comprised of members of the “old guard” of al-Qaeda believed to be made up of about 50 veteran militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, which jihadists refer to as Khorasan, as well as North Africa and Chechnya. They are also said to be embedded with elements of a Syrian rebel group called the al-Nusra Front, which have fought against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

As the Pentagon sees it, they are seasoned al-Qaeda operatives who had established a safe haven in a city West of Aleppo in Syria to plot attacks on the West. As well, analysts in the intelligence community conclude that the group is more than likely al-Qaeda due to its composition, and its leader’s Muhsin al-Fadhli’s ties with the late Osama bin Laden, as he was one of the few al-Qaeda operatives to receive advanced warning of the 11 September 2001 attacks, according to the US. Its name, Khorasan, has been given to it by Western intelligence officials.

The group is said to be have been collaborating with Yemen based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, in various methods and techniques on how to successfully pass explosives and other materials through airport security in western countries. AQAP’s chief bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, responsible for the device that the underwear bomber wore in 2009 on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day, is believed to have been providing Khorasan assistance in bomb making, which is why the TSA banned uncharged electronic devices from being carried onto planes in July of this year. The obscurity of the group has renewed fears of attacks without warning within the US.

 

More information can be found on:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/28/us-mideast-crisis-qaeda-fadhli-idUSKCN0HN0E620140928

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/09/28/Do-Khorasan-militants-represent-a-real-threat-.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29350271

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/09/25/the-strange-story-behind-the-khorasan-groups-name/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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