Khorasan leader dead
WASHINGTON: An air strike by the US-led coalition has killed Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi citizen and the leader of an al Qaeda offshoot called the Khorasan Group, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday. The Pentagon said al-Nasr organised routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria through Turkey and played a significant role in the group’s finances. He was killed in an air strike on Thursday in northwest Syria. “Al-Nasr was a longtime jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters for al Qaeda. He moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to al-Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria,” Pentagon spokesman said in a statement. Al-Nasr worked for al Qaeda’s Iran-based network before taking charge of the militant group’s finances in 2012 and moving to Syria in 2013.