Top al Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike, says official

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Washington, Oct 19: A top leader of Al-Qaeda-linked group has been killed in an airstrike conducted by the coalition forces in northwest Syria, media reported on Monday.

Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, aka Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the Khorasan Group, a network of the veteran al-Qaeda operatives was killed in the airstrike on October 15, said a statement issued by the Pentagon.

Top al Qaeda leader killed in airstrike

Al-Nasr is the fifth senior Khorasan Group leader killed in the last four months. He took charge of al-Qaeda's core finances before relocating to Syria in 2013.

He was a long-time jihadist used to take care of finance for al-Qaeda. He moved funds from donors in the Gulf region into Iraq and then to al-Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria.

He organized and maintained routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria through Turkey in addition to helping al-Qaeda's external operations in the West.

Al-Nasr previously worked for al-Qaeda's Iran-based facilitation network.

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"The US will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda and its remnants," said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

"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."

The Treasury Department previously named Al-Nasr a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 on Aug. 22, 2014.

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