Leader of al-Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Sanafi al-Nasr killed in US-led airstrike on Syria, says Pentagon

Sanadi al-Nasr played a major role in organising new recruits and running the group's finances, according to a US official

Alexander Sehmer
Sunday 18 October 2015 15:29
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The air raid in which Al-Nasr was reportedly killed took place on Thursday
The air raid in which Al-Nasr was reportedly killed took place on Thursday

A commander of the al-Qaeda offshoot the Khorasan Group has been killed in a US-led coalition airstrike in Syria, according to a Pentagon official.

Sanadi al-Nasr, a Saudi Arabian citizen, is said to have organised routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria via Turkey and been involved in organising the group's finances.

"Al-Nasr was a longtime jihadist experienced in funnelling money and fighters for al Qaeda," the Pentagon spokesman said in a statement.

"He moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to al-Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria."

Al-Nasr is the fifth senior Khorasan Group leader to have been killed in the last four months, according to the Pentagon.

The Khorasan Group, made up of al-Qaeda veterans, was little-known until late 2014 when the US administration announced it was expanding its bombing campaign in Syria to target the group's bases.

The air raid in which Al-Nasr was reportedly killed took place on a target in northwest Syria on Thursday.

(Additional reporting by agencies)

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