US launches fresh air strikes on Khorasan group in Syria
WASHINGTON: The United States said it conducted air
strikes on Wednesday night against the so-called Khorasan group of al
Qaeda-linked militants based in Syria, saying the group was plotting to attack
Europe or the United States.
Separately, one US official said a target of the
strike was David Drugeon, a French-born militant and convert to Islam who some
US officials have described as a bombmaker for the group. US officials have not
confirmed that Drugeon was killed in the attack.
US officials also said they believed a leader of the
Khorasan group named Muhsin al-Fadhli, who had been targeted in an earlier US
strike, is still alive. In a statement on Thursday, Central Command said the
strikes were carried out by the US military against five Khorasan targets near
“We are still assessing the outcome of the attack, but
have initial indications that it resulted in the intended effects by striking
terrorists destroying or severely damaging” several of the group’s vehicles and
buildings as well as bombmaking and training facilities, it said.
“We took decisive
action to protect our interests and remove their capability to act. These al-Qa’ida
operatives are taking advantage of the Syrian conflict to advance attacks
against Western interests,” it said.