11 Facts About Khorasan Group


Commentators have stated that the threat the Khorasan Group represented was exaggerated to generate public support for American intervention in Syria, and some have questioned whether the group even exists as a distinct entity.

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Khorasan Group was the deputy leader of Khorasan before Muhsin al-Fadhli's death.

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Khorasan Group is a historical term for a region corresponding to parts of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran.

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Khorasan Group is described as "a very small group - dozens of fighters only", composed of experienced jihadis from various countries.

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Khorasan Group was initially reported to pose an "imminent" threat to the United States, with reports of potential plots involving "a bomb made of a nonmetallic device like a toothpaste container or clothes dipped in explosive material".

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On 24 March 2015, it was reported that 17 Khorasan fighters had been killed by US airstrikes targeting the group, since the beginning of the campaign on 22 September 2014.

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On 20 May 2015, the US conducted 2 airstrikes on Khorasan Group targets in the Idlib Province, killing Algerian jihadist Said Arif, who was a US-designated terrorist that had become the military chief of Jund al-Aqsa.

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On 18 October 2015, it was reported that Sanafi al-Nasr, the new leader of the Khorasan group, was killed in a US airstrike on 15 October 2015.

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Khorasan Group was formerly al-Qaeda's chief financial officer, and he was said to have been the 5th Khorasan senior leader killed by US airstrikes in the last 4 months.

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Later in the same week, a second airstrike killed several Khorasan Group militants, including Rifai Ahmed Taha Musa, who attempted to unite Ahrar ash-Sham with al-Nusra Front in January 2016.

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Khorasan Group had been dispatched to Syria by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and was nested in the Khorasan group.

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