An account on Twitter that is run by a member of al-Qaeda said the leader of a militant organization known as Khorasan group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, was killed during an airstrike by the United States in Syria, announced the monitoring service SITE on Sunday.
There has been a great deal of uncertainty over the past several days over whether the leader had survived the air raid.
An official from the U.S. said on September 24 that the U.S. believed that Mohsin al-Fadhli a senior operative with al-Qaeda, was killed in a September 23 airstrike.
However, the Pentagon announced a number of hours later that it was investigating what happened to al-Fadhli.
In an online message that was posted September 27, a jihadist sent his condolences for Fahhli’s death. The leader was born in Kuwait and used the names Abu Asmaa al-Jazrawi or Abu Asmaa al-Kuwati following the air strike on September 23, reported SITE.
Officials from the U.S. described the Khorasan group as a season network of fighters from al-Qaeda with experience on the battlefield mostly in Afghanistan and Pakistan that now work together in Syria with another affiliate of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front.
Khorasan refers to an area that includes areas Afghanistan and Pakistan where the main council of al Qaeda is thought to be hiding.
Following the air strikes on September 23, officials from the U.S. were still making determinations into how badly they had struck Khorasan. Islamist militants using Internet’s social media sites have said unconfirmed reports said Fadhli was killed.
The name of the jihadist reporting the death of Fadhli was not released by SITE, but announced he being in training under an associate of Ayman al-Zawahri a leader of al-Qaeda and fought with Khorasan prior to going to Syria.
A notice from the State Department back in 2012 offering a reward of $7 million for information on the whereabouts of Fadhli said he had been a financier of al-Qaeda close to founder Osama bin Laden, while amongst the few who knew beforehand of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.