Pentagon: US Airstrikes in Syria Disrupted Imminent Al Qaeda Attack Plotting

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According to the Pentagon, airstrikes launched against ISIS in Syria on Monday also disrupted imminent attack plotting by the Khorasan Group, an Al Qaeda affiliate, Business Insider reports.

According to a statement by US Central Command, the operation against the Khorasan Group, which is made up of Al Qaeda veterans and is connected to Al Qaeda’s leadership, included eight American airstrikes.  The Khorasan Group, according to the statement, “…[has] established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices, and recruit Westerners to conduct operations.”

The statement further noted that the United States undertook the airstrikes on the Khorasan group alone, and that “[a]ll aircraft safely exited the strike areas.”

The Pentagon has said that the Al Qaeda affiliate’s targets included, “training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building, and command and control facilities.”

According to reports, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri sent the Khorasan Group to Syria, believing that the surge of foreign fighters into Syria would enable them to recruit Western passport-holders.

Like Al Qaeda, the Khorasan Group initially had a relationship with ISIS, but has since distanced itself from them. Reports have said that they are working with Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, and is attempting to acquire Yemeni bombs to be detonated by new Western recruits.

Michael Rock | News Cult

[via Business Insider]