U.S. Air Strike Killed Leader of al-Qaeda Khorasan in Syria

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Muhsin al-Fadhli
Muhsin al-Fadhli

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.”

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