Muhsin al-Fadhli's Khorasan terror group poses serious threat to America: Reports

While the Western world may be grappling with ways to finish the dreaded terror group the ISIS or the Islamic State, reports say that America is bracing itself to deal with another extremist known as Muhsin al-Fadhli.

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 06:05 AM IST

Washington: While the Western world may be grappling with ways to finish the dreaded terror group the ISIS or the Islamic State, reports say that America is bracing itself to deal with another extremist outfit known as Khorasan​.

As per reports in The Independent, the group is led by 33-year-old operative in Syria known as  Muhsin al-Fadhli. It is said to consist of a group of clandestine al Qaeda operatives.

The reports says that according to some American officials this group may be more dangerous in some respects than the ISIS for the US.

When the twin towers in United States was brought down 13 years ago by Osama bin Laden's outfit, Fadhli was a 19-year-old 'commander' of al Qaeda then.

The report said that Khorasan is not interested in overthrowing Bashar al-Assad's regime or grabbing land and resources like the ISIS. It quotes American officials telling news agency Associated Press that the members of Khorasan have arrived from Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan to exploit the inflow of Western jihadists and get hold of valuable passports.

Reportedly, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri sent Fadhli to recruit these Western fighters.

They feel that these Western fighters have a better chance of circumventing scrutiny at airports and place bombs onto planes.

Experts explain that while the ISIS may be wanting to establish a caliphate and have control over vast regions, the Khorasan wants to repeat 9/11 like attacks.

It is also said that the group has partnered with sophisticated Yemeni bomb makers.

However, reports say that still much is not known of Khorasan and it is not clear as to how many members it has or how long it has been in existence or what its main message is.

It said to be keeping a low profile unlike the ISIS.

The US officials have supposedly tracked Fadhli for more than a decade.

He has been mentioned by United Nations, as well as the US State Department of having participated in al Qaeda plots.

A reward of $7 million was put on him regarding his location in 2012 by the US State Department.

Fadhli is said to have been born in Kuwait and reportedly rose through al Qaeda ranks at a fast pace. He is said to have fought against Russian forces in Chechnya. He trained in the use of firearms, anti-craft guns and explosives there.

Fadhli, says the report, was also a facilitator who was connected with the Zarqawi groups in Iraq and provided support to fighters there.

Moreover, he is considered a master fundraiser and organiser and allegedly raised money for an October 2002 attack on a French ship off the coast of Yemen.

He was in a jail in Kuwait for sometime for funding terrorist activities and after that moved on to Iran where he led an Iranian al Qaeda cell.

With Agency inputs