Many Americans know very little about the terrorist group Khorasan, which U.S. intelligence leadership is portraying as a much more dangerous threat to our homeland than ISIS.
Heritage Foundation expert James Phillips tells us what we need to know about this group:
- Khorasan is a group of the most trusted and battle-hardened Al-Qaeda operatives. They are numbered in the dozens and are under the direct command of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al-Qaeda.
- They were sent from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria with the main goal of recruiting rebel fighters who hold Western passports. Their purpose is not to attack Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, but the American homeland and other western targets.
- Khorasan fighters include some of the most sophisticated bomb-makers and terrorist masterminds wanted by the U.S. government.
- Al-Qaeda is worried about ISIS stealing the spotlight and unseating them as the leader of the global Islamist insurgency. A massive terrorist attack on American soil would go a long way in helping Al-Qaeda regain the popularity it has lost in the years since Osama bin Laden’s death.
To combat Khorasan, Phillips urges Washington to “stop treating the al-Qaeda threat as primarily a law enforcement problem, and adopt a comprehensive political, military, and ideological program for defeating al-Qaeda’s global insurgency.”
What do you think should be done to curb this threat?