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Khorasan Group


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The Khorsan Group was little known to the international community except for those intelligence and military members working in the world of antiterrorism and counterterrorism. The group contains al-Qaeda core operatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan who made their way to Syria.

In June 2014 the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command readied targeting packets to attack the al-Qaeda operatives located in Syria. However, the intelligence was not robust enough to launch an operation. 1.

On September 22, 2014 the United States conducted airstrikes against these Syria-based terrorists. It is speculated that the air attacks killed some of the leaders of the Khorasan Group and possibly derailed plans underway to conduct a terrorist attack against the United States.

 

 

 


References

1. The "Khorasan Group" in Syria, by Christopher M. Blanchard, Congressional Research Service (CRS), September 24, 2014, IN10155.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/232512.pdf

 


 


Endnotes

1. For more on JSOC targeting the Khorasan Group read "Exclusive: U.S. Special Ops Readied Syria Attack in June", The Daily Beast, October 2, 2014.
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/02/exclusive-u-s-special-ops-readied-syria-attack-in-june.html

 

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