US: ‘Khorasan’ Targets Were Planning Attack in West

Centcom Touts 'Decisive Action to Protect Our Interests'

Following up on reports earlier today of a US drone strike which are suspected to have killed a 24-year-old French member of al-Qaeda in northwest Syria, Central Command has confirmed a series of such attacks.

The targets were nominally dubbed “Khorasan” by Centcom, though of course it is widely believed Khorasan as such does not exist and that the term was invented by the US for its attacks on al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

Centcom claimed the targets of the attacks were planning possible attacks somewhere in the West, and that this could’ve conceivably been either in Europe or the United States itself.

That sounds awfully vague, but is in keeping with the administration’s preference not to discuss its assorted attacks, nor to offer any particularly insight into what intelligence, if any, underpins these attacks.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of