The terror group is so small locals in north-east Syria, where Khorasan are based, have called them “the strangers with horses”.
And officials from al-Nusra – the Syrian branch of al-Qaida – deny Khorasan even exists, despite supplying all its personnel, training camps and weapons.
But one US official has said the group is close to executing “major attacks against western attacks and potentially US homeland” and had plotted to blow up commercial aircraft.
Not interested in wading into Syria’s bloody civil war, Khorasan leaders take on Western recruits who crucially hold European or US passports.
The group’s aim is train these jihadis and return them back on long-haul flights to cause death and destruction on our streets.
“Khorasan has shown more intent to send people back than any other group in Syria. It is very, very concerning.
“Its primary focus is transnational terrorist attacks.”
Author Will McCants, who wrote The ISIS apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State, revealed “10%” of foreign fighters who return to the UK and the West want to wage war on our streets.
He said: “The one study done of foreign fighters says nine out of 10 of those who do return don’t engage in any more mischief.
“It’s encouraging on the other hand, but that still leaves you 10% to worry about.”
The US has deliberately targeted Khorasan’s leaders in response, wiping out five leading militants in recent months.
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