A Pentagon spokesperson has confirmed that the alleged leader of Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan Group was killed in an air strike by US-led coalition, in northern Syria.
While Muhsin al-Fadhli was traveling near Sarmada- a town in northern Syria close to Turkish border- on July 8, a US drone targeted and struck his vehicle.
Khorasan Fadhli was allegedly the leader of the Khorasan Group, a group of senior Al-Qaeda members who have traveled from Central Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East to Syria to plot attacks on the West. According to officials, Khorasan is part of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front, though experts and activists cast doubt on the distinction between the two groups.
Fadhli “was a senior Al-Qaeda facilitator who was among the few trusted Al-Qaeda leaders who received advance notification of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States,” said Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman. “His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of Al-Qaeda against the United States and its allies and partners.”