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Published:October 18th, 2015 20:44 EST

Coalition Airstrike Kills Khorasan Group Leader

By SOP newswire3

An Oct. 15 coalition airstrike in northwest Syria killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaida operatives sometimes called the "Khorasan Group," according to a Defense Department statement issued today.

"The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaida and its remnants," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in the statement. "This operation deals a significant blow to the Khorasan Group`s plans to attack the United States and our allies, and once again proves that those who seek to do us harm are not beyond our reach."


The statement called Al-Nasr "a long-time jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters for al-Qaida." He moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to al-Qaida leaders from Pakistan to Syria; he organized and maintained routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria through Turkey; and he assisted al-Qaida`s external operations in the West, the statement said.

Al-Nasr previously worked for al-Qaida`s Iran-based facilitation network, and in 2012, he took charge of al-Qaida`s core finances before relocating to Syria in 2013, the statement said. "Al-Nasr is the fifth senior Khorasan Group leader killed in the last four months.

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