Pentagon says Al Qaeda linked 'Khorasan Group' leader dead

US-led coalition forces kill Al Qaeda affiliated 'Khorasan Group' leader Sanafi al Nasr

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Photo by: Reuters

Aka Sanafi al Nasr was the leader of Al Qaeda affiliated so called "Khorasan Group"

The Pentagon announced on Sunday that Sanafi al Nasr, a Saudi citizen and the leading financier for Al Qaeda and its "Khorasan Group" offshoot was killed by a US-led coalition air strike in northwest Syria.

Pentagon Press Secretary, Peter Cook, on his statement said that al Nasr, also known as Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh was funneling money and fighters for Al Qaeda.

“He moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to Al Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria," Cook said.

The "Khorasan Group" gets its name from the geographical area, including Iran, Afghanistan and part of Pakistan where Al Qaeda’s main council is believed to be hiding.

Pentagon secretary also informed that al Nasr was helping Al Qaeda’s external operations in the West along with organising and maintaining routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria.

Cook also said that al Nasr previously worked for Al Qaeda’s Iran-based facilitation network. He said that “in 2012, he took charge of Al Qaeda's core finances, before relocating to Syria in 2013.”

The secretary said that al Nasr is the fifth senior "Khorasan Group" leader that has been killed in the last four months.

During a the press release, Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter said that "the United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy Al Qaeda and its remnants."

"This operation deals a significant blow to the 'Khorasan Group's' plans to attack the United States and our allies, and once again proves that those who seek to do us harm are not beyond our reach," he added.

Al Nasr was previously named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the Treasury Department under Executive Order 13224 on August 22, 2014.

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