US Officials on Sunday October 18th announced the killing of a top al Qaeda official in the US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria.
Sanafi-al-Nasr is the highest-ranking member of the Khorasan Group a terror outfit of veteran al Qaeda Jihadis that moved base to Syria.
The leader of an al Qaeda affiliated group based in Syria was on Sunday October 18th confirmed dead by US official through airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition in northwest Syria on Thursday.
Sanafi al-Nasr, who is a Saudi national with the real name Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Charekh was the leader of the Khorasan Group a terrorist comprised of veteran al Qaeda jihadis that moved to Syria. He relocated to Syria in 2013 where he has been a top leader of the al Nusra front of the al Qaeda.
Nasr was at one time al Qaeda’s chief financial Officer and labeled a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Treasury. Nasr was a very key member of the al Qaeda leadership as he managed the group’s finances, organized routes for new recruits to travel to Syria as well as funnel money and manpower for the al Qaeda.
Additionally, Nasr has been a “highly influential strategist and prolific online propagandist” rendering his death as a very huge blow to the al Qaeda fraternity that has hailed him as a martyr especially on social media.
The killing of Nasr brings the total of top Khorasan Group senior members to five through the US airstrikes in Syria. The killing of the financial strategist for the al Nusra front deals a huge blow to the group’s operations especially attacks on the United States and the West.
The killing of the group’s leaders is a clear indicator that the US is fully committed to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda, its remnants and any extremist affiliates that pose universal global threat.