Over the weekend, Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that not only does the now infamous “Khorasan Group” not exist, but that the Obama administration created it as a “rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize”:
As McCarthy is the the guy who prosecuted Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”) and is an expert on terrorism, maybe we should look into this claim?
Pfft to that. This story hasn’t gained much traction in the MSM, with Media Matters — of course — doing its best to discredit it:
Conservative Media’s Khorasan Conspiracy: Obama Administration Invented Terror Cell To Hide Its Al Qaeda Roots
But now there’s this…
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 “Khorasan Group” allegedly confirm what McCarthy wrote: There is no such entity known as the “Khorasan Group”:
Now let’s look at what McCarthy wrote over the weekend:
The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s 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, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”
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 to why the U.S. would create it:
To summarize Ms. Moussa, the Obama administration thinks this “Wolf Unit” is somehow different from the rest of Jabhat al-Nusra which is itself part of al-Qaeda, but some of Jabhat al-Nusra is working with “moderate” Assad rebels so we don’t want to bomb all of Jabhat al-Nusra. Simple? Hardly.
It’s time for the Obama administration to explain in greater detail just what is going on here.