Khorasan terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda appeared again in Syria by stationing its special members in the Northern parts of Lattakia.
Faced with the Syrian army andpopular forces’ advance in the Northern parts of Lattakia near the borders with Turkey, hundreds of terrorists, supported by the Turkish army’s artillery attacks, took control of the two strategic villages of Navarah and Kanisah.
Also hundreds of members of Khorasan terrorist group entered al-Sarraf village near the strategic town of al-Rabia, joined by auxiliary forces, and slowed down the Syrian army’s advance in the region.
Khorasan, also known as the Khorasan group, is an alleged group of senior al-Qaeda members operating in Syria. The group is reported to consist of a small number of fighters who are all on terrorist watchlists, and coordinates with al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. At an intelligence gathering in Washington, DC in September 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that “in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as ISIL”.
In July 2015, both Muhsin al-Fadhli, said to be the operational leader of the group, and chief bombmaker David Drugeon, were killed in US airstrikes. After their deaths, FBI Director James Comey stated that the Khorasan group had been “diminished” as a threat to the US. On 15 October 2015, a Coalition airstrike in Northwest Syria killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh (a.k.a. Sanafi al-Nasr), who was then the highest ranking leader of the Khorasan group.