The top Al-Qaeda leader operatives called the Khorasan group, has been killed in northwest Syria by U.S.-led coalition airstrike.
Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, also known as Sanafi Al Nasr, was killed on Thrusday airstrike in northwest Syria, Xinhua news agency reported Pentagon as saying on Sunday.
Nasr, who was once al Qaeda’s chief financial officer and had been designated a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the U.S. Treasury. Al Nasr moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to Al Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria.
In imposing terrorism sanctions on Mr. Nasr last year, the Treasury Department said he had raised money and facilitated travel to Syria for the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
“Al-Nasr is important as a financier for Al Qaeda with key connections in the Gulf states,” said Bruce O. Riedel, a former C.I.A. analyst who is now at the Brookings Institution.
“The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda and it’s remnants,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. “This operation deals a significant blow to the Khorasan Group’s plans to attack the United States and our allies, and once again proves that those who seek to do us harm are not beyond our reach.”