An airstrike in northwest Syria killed high ranking Al-Qaeda leader, Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh or most popularly known as Sanafi al-Nasar. The killed leader is a long-time jihadist who is expert in smuggling money and recruiting fighters for the militant group also known as the “Khorasan Group.” He is the fifth senior leader of the Khorasan Group killed during the last four months.
“The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda and its remnants. 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,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement.
According to Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, al-Nasar is the authority in moving funds from the supporters of the terrorist group in the Gulf region. Al-Nasar has masterminded money wiring from donors into Iraq and then to al-Qaeda leaders from Pakistan to Syria.
Al-Nasar also plotted schemes in order to organize and create routes for new recruits to travel from Pakistan to Syria through Turkey. He had also been the central contact for al-Qaeda’s external operations in the West. He had also worked for al-Qaeda’s Iran-based facilitation network. In 2012 he took charge of al-Qaeda’s core finances before relocating to Syria in 2013.
Meanwhile, airstrikes against the ISIS being conducted by the U.S.-led coalition that makes up the Operation Inherent Resolve continue in Syria and Iraq. On October 18, Pentagon reported that five airstrikes in Syria were conducted with remotely piloted and fighter aircraft. Eighteen airstrikes, on the other hand, were conducted in Iraq by bombers, fighter, attack, ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.
Member countries of the coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq are Australia, Canada, France, Jordan, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Member countries of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Syria are U.S., Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.