Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Khorasan Terrorists Hit in Syria

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                   

Al Qaeda is like an octopus with 8 or more arms.  IS is one arm , Nusra is another and now there is Khorasan.  Khorasan is an ancient term  meaning Islamic Empire.   Khorasan's specialty is to hit the United States with terrorists. This organization was formed by experienced al Qaeda members based in Pakistan who had traveled to Syria.   They have been working on new improvised explosive devices that will be hard to detect, and this includes common hand-held electronic devices and airplane carry-on items such as toiletries.  Let's hope the airports are getting special meetings on how to find and detect such items.  Seems to me they'll have to ban all such items completely if they are undetectable.

Khorasan is a new group to most of us, only publicly acknowledged last week when James Clapper, head of National Intelligence, said it was operating in Iraq and Syria, and that they focus on exporting terror to the West.   That means the USA has a threat hanging over our heads. They've been enjoying a safe haven in Syria up to Sunday night when the 5 Middle East nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar joined 2 USA ships off shore with their American made jets in bombing Khorasan and IS targets.
Muhsin al Fadhli, a short, slender 33 year old Kuwaiti is with Khorasan.  He joined Jabhat al Nusra in April 2013 and then left him because Nusra is connected with Iran.  He was based there as an al Qaeda representative.  President Bashar al-Assad of Syria just had his bodyguard, Abu Rama, arrested and confessed, probably under torture, as Syria knows how to do that.  A new report is that he may be dead, perhaps caught in the strike by the USA.

Early on Tuesday in the Middle East which happens before Tuesday comes up in the West,   The USA had their own targets to hit apart from the jets flown by the 5 Arab nations.  The USA hit some building to the west of Aleppo, some distance from IS strongholds where the Khorasan Group held up.  The USA's target was training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities.
                                                          Al Qaeda Terrorists

The competition is between al Qaeda battling with IS for leading global jihad. " Al-Qaeda has attacked civilian and military targets in various countries, including the September 11 attacks1998 US embassy bombings and the 2002 Bali bombings. The US government responded to the September 11 attacks by launching the War on Terror."

Osama abin Laden started al Qaeda in 1988 or 1989.  This goes back to the Soviet War in Afghanistan.  Al Qaeda is a network and has its own stateless army at its beck and call.  Their problem has been to have many factions break off and fight with each other.  They all follow Wahhabi Muslim lines that call for global Jihad and the following of strict Sharia law.  One can see how IS developed out of it.  

Research:  CNN

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