[Aminatu Aliyu] Khorasan: Existence of Another Extremist Group or Just an Illusion?

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Is the Khorasan group really in existence? This is a question that needs an answer. According to the United States security officials this group does exist whilst for al-Qaeda this group does not exist. The United States has claimed this group consists of core members of Al-Qaeda and allies with the Al-Nusra front and has been keeping a watch on them for a couple of years and based in Syria but earlier this year the leader of Al-Nusra front, Abu Muhammad Al-Golani in an Al-Jazeera interview denied the existence of this group and just a fixation by the US government and a form of trying to acquire more power and easy access into Syria.

“Al-Fadhli was the leader of a network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the Khorasan Group, who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies,” this was said by Captain Jeff Davis, the Pentagon’s director of press operations (Al-Jazeera 2015).

According to US officials this group carries same threat just like ISIS and its enemies are just like other extremists groups the US and its allies.

Back to the question, if this question cannot be answered then whom is the US fighting? It is common with such groups claiming their existence if they really exist then why not this one? And if they truly exist they have little number of fighters compared to ISIS, Haqqani network, al-Qaeda and so on.

As of last month it was reported it recruits mostly hold European or US passport so they can be trained and go back to homeland and take out attacks. This shows that the targeted countries need to make internal security just as important as external because if seen as just as little thing and overlooked it becomes a bigger threat.

And lastly, why do such extremists groups all have similar targets? For instance, Islamic State, Boko Haram, Haqqani network all targeting the United States and European countries this shows there is a piece of the puzzle missing. Could it be the intervention of these states’ army in their home countries?

 

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Aminatu Aliyu

Aminatu Aliyu is from Nigeria and is now studying International Relations and International Development at University of Sussex. Her works mainly focus on counter-terror and writes intensively on African issues.

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