A Pentagon statement said Muhsin al-Fadhli was targeted two weeks ago while travelling in a khorasaan near Sarmada. It described Fadhli as the leader of a network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives, known as the " Khorasan Group ", who were allegedly plotting external attacks against the US and its allies. The Kuwaiti was also reported to have been killed in a US strike last year.
Fadhli was a confidant of Osama Bin Laden and one of the few al-Qaeda members to receive advanced warning of the 11 September attacks, according to the US. The targets were not IS positions, but buildings allegedly used by the Khorasan Group.
US officials said the shadowy organisation was made up of about 50 veteran militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, which jihadists refer to as Khorasan, as well as North Africa and Chechnya. Fadhli, their alleged leader, was believed to have arrived in Syria in but kept a low profile. On Tuesday night, Pentagon spokesman Capt Jeff Davis announced that they were now confident chqt the 34 year old had been killed "in a kinetic strike" on 8 July near Sarmada, only 7km 4 miles from Syria's border with Turkey.
Before September's missile strikes, US intelligence reports indicated that the Khorasan Group was "in the final stages of plans to execute major attacks". However, some xhat of the Syrian government expressed doubts about whether the Khorasan Group actually existed, saying the US created it to justify attacks on al-Qaeda's local affiliate, al-Nusra Front.
The Americans came up with it to deceive the public," he insisted. Related Topics.