Al-Qaeda Operative Killed

By Tony Bertuca / July 21, 2015 at 5:21 PM

The Pentagon announced today that a key al-Qaeda veteran and leader of the Khorasan Group was killed in a July 8 "kinetic strike" in Syria.

"Muhsin al-Fadhli, a longtime al-Qaeda operative, was killed in a kinetic strike July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Syria," according to a Pentagon statement. "Al-Fadhli was the leader of a network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the Khorasan Group, who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies."

Al-Fadhli was also a "senior al-Qaeda facilitator who was among the few trusted al-Qaeda leaders that received advanced notification of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks," according to the Pentagon.

He was also "involved" in October 2002 terrorist attacks "against U.S. Marines on Faylaka Island in Kuwait and on the French ship MV Limburg," the Pentagon said.

"His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaeda against the United States and our allies and partners," the statement continued.