American airstrikes have killed several members of the Khorasan Group, an al Qaeda affiliate that officials say is a more direct threat to the United States than ISIS. The Khorasan Group members who were killed were known to be actively plotting an attack against the U.S. ABC News reports.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said, "We had very good indications that this group, which is a very dangerous group, was plotting and planning imminent attacks against Western targets to include the U.S. homeland and it was on that basis that we struck targets, Khorasan targets inside Syria.”
Kirby said that the U.S. military wiped out the members that were planning an attack, but will continue to monitor the situation.
The U.S. carried out the airstrikes without the assistance of allied nations. These airstrikes on the Khorasan Group were unrelated to the strikes that were executed at the same time against ISIS.
The Khorasan Group is made up of about 50 Muslim extremist members. The group has access to advanced weaponry and maintain close ties to al Qaeda.
Publication date: September 23, 2014