United States Launches New Airstrikes Against Khorasan Group

Airstrikes are first new operations against the terror group since September.

The official declined to identify what targets were struck and an assessment of Wednesday night’s strikes, citing operational concerns.

He added the group is still “capable of hitting the homeland because they have some skills, honed over the course of the last decade, and they are in collaboration with each other.”

Dempsey said the U.S. was still trying to determine at the time if the Khorasan Group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, a 33-year-old Kuwaiti was killed in the strikes. However, Dempsey said it appeared that another unidentified senior leader may have been killed in the strikes.

Earlier this week, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby could not provide reporters with an assessment of whether the group’s senior leaders had been killed in the strikes.

“We know we hit the targets that we were aiming at and had good effect on them,” said Kirby. “ It remains to be seen if there was a like effect on actual leaders.

He said the group still remained a “dangerous entity” that continued to plan to strike at western targets, “and we take that threat very, very seriously. I think I wouldn't go beyond that.”