Over the weekend, Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that not only does the now infamous âKhorasan Groupâ not exist, but that the Obama administration created it as a ârationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorizeâ:
As McCarthy is theÂ the guy who prosecutedÂ Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the âBlind Sheikhâ) and is an expert on terrorism, maybe we should look into this claim?
Pfft to that. This story hasnât gained much traction in the MSM, withÂ Media MattersÂ â of course â doing its best to discredit it:
Conservative Mediaâs Khorasan Conspiracy: Obama Administration Invented Terror Cell To Hide Its Al Qaeda Roots
But now thereâs thisâŚ
Jenan Moussa of Arabic Al Aan TV, reported last night that documents obtained at the scene of a recent U.S. airstrike in Syria on the alleged headquarters of the âKhorasan Groupâ allegedly confirm what McCarthy wrote: There is no such entity known as the âKhorasan Groupâ:
Now letâs look at what McCarthy wrote over the weekend:
The âKhorosan Groupâ is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror networkâs Syrian franchise, âJabhat al-Nusra.â Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this weekâs U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, heâs something the administration is at pains to call âcore al-Qaeda.â
Both McCarthy and Ms. Moussa are reporting the same thing.
And here is Ms. Moussa from this morning explaining in greater detail the Khorasan Group/al-Qaeda link and offering an explanation as toÂ why the U.S. would create it:
To summarize Ms. Moussa,Â Â the Obama administration thinks this âWolf Unitâ is somehow different from the rest ofÂ Jabhat al-Nusra which is itself part of al-Qaeda, but some ofÂ Jabhat al-Nusra is working with âmoderateâ Assad rebels so we donât want to bomb all ofÂ Jabhat al-Nusra. Simple? Hardly.
Itâs time for the Obama administration to explain in greater detail just what is going on here.