Leader of Khorasan terror group, Mohsin Al-Fahdi, was killed in a US air strike in Syria earlier this month, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
The Kuwaiti-born jihadi was killed by an airstrike carried out by US warplanes while he was travelling in a vehicle in Sarmada; a town on the Turkish borders.
Khorasan Group, a collection of senior al-Qaeda members, was bent on launching a series of terror attack on targets inside the United States and other western countries.
Following the announcement of his death, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said: His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaeda against the United States and our allies and partners”.
Unlike other extremist groups currently operating in Syria who are engaged in fierce infighting to establish their own de facto cantons, Khorasan Group mainly focuses on plotting to launch terror attacks in the United States and western countries.
The group’s facilities and training camps have been repeatedly hit by US airstrikes since the aerial campaign was launched nearly a year ago.
The US government has announced a $7 million bounty for the life of Al-Fahdi who has fought alongside top al-Qaeda and Taliban members in Afghanistan.
The slain terror leader was believed to be one of the few trusted al-Qaeda commanders who has been previously notified with September 11 attacks.