ABC News report today is the first time President Obama, et. al., mentioned the name of the Khorason group – however six-days earlier on September 18th, 2014 — during an intelligence gathering in Washington, D.C., Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that “in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as ISIS/ISIL.”
Evidently the media completely missed this.
Khorasan is the assumed name of a Jihadist group in Syria with close ties to Al-Qaeda. The group is named after the historical region Khorasan that comprised parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in prehistoric and early Islāmic times and composed of former Al-Qaeda operatives from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
“Khorasan” is from the Middle Persian ‘khwar’ meaning ‘sun’ and ‘āsān’ meaning ‘to come,’ thus meaning “land where the sun rises.” It is unusual for a Sunni group to take a Persian name, but one with a reference to the sun, a symbol in Zoroastrianism, is even more unusual.
Members are a jihadist from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target international aviation. The group uses the services of a very prominent Al-Qaeda bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, whose devices ended up on three U.S.-bound planes.
The Khorasan Group recruit jihadists from the West. They’re led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, who fled to Iran after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and knew of the 9/11 attacks in advance.
Again we can’t call the enemy by it’s real name which is Al-Qaeda.