The Khorosan Group: Fighting a “made up” enemy?
One can only wonder what the cost will be for this attempt to save face.
The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist
It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us.
We’re being had. Again.
For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.
Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.
Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: We had the same reaction … who? Never heard of them. Some talk show “experts” /talking heads/administration sources are even claiming that they’ve been monitoring the group for a long time. Doubtful. Some quick checks:
- A Wikipedia check showed entries and sources no older than September 2014
- The group is not listed by the Dept of State as a designated terrorist organization
- The group’s reported leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli is listed on the National Counter-terrorism website as part of al-Qaeda but no mention of a Khorosan/Khurasan Group.
In the last two days, Washington, along with various media outlets, have been reporting on the “Khurasan Group,” a shadowy terrorist cell in Syria in its later stages of an attack plot against an unspecified Western target(s). It seemed to come out of nowhere; America, in launching what has been specifically branded as a war on the Islamic State (IS), claims a victorious aerial attack against a group no one has ever heard of.
The truth, however, is that virtually everyone around the world has heard about this group, more likely by its other name: al-Qaeda (AQ).
The bottom line is that the Obama administration claimed to have decimated al-Qaeda – but it didn’t. Instead of admitting they were wrong, they came up with a new name. Unfortunately facts do not support the narrative – a common trend with this administration. One can only wonder what the cost will be for this attempt to save face.