Just when you thought you understood the scope of current terror threats — that ISIS was the big dog in radical Islam’s bloody terror yard — up pops the name of a different organization that supposedly presents an even bigger concern to Western nations. The name is Khorasan.
According to a report in the Washington Free Beacon:
Khorasan has ties with the al Qaeda franchise in Yemen, which specializes in producing sophisticated devices intended to explode aboard aircraft, including explosive underwear and explosives in printer cartridges.
It’s the threat to commercial aircraft that is reportedly of the greatest concern to intelligence officials tracking the terror group.
Members of Khorasan have now linked up in Syria with the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, which is among the militias fighting the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, American officials believe that they were sent by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to Syria not to join in that fight but to attempt to recruit Europeans or Americans in the rebel camp.
With their Western passports, such recruits, the militants believe, would find it easier to get by security at airports. While the identity of many of these Westerners is known, some are not known.
In her report on the new round of bombing attacks on Islamic State targets inside Syria, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin revealed that Pentagon sources have been concerned about the possibility of an “imminent” attack by Khorasan. This could explain why the U.S. military and its allies in the anti-terrorism effort went after ground targets overnight other than those that were ISIS-related.
You can see the Fox News report by clicking on the video above.
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