US launches airstrikes against Al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan group

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The U.S has launched another round of airstrikes, but not against ISIL. The U.S military says the air strikes were carried out against the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan group in northwestern Syria. CCTV America’s Jim Spellman reported this story.

US launches airstrikes against Al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan group

The U.S has launched another round of airstrikes but not against ISIL. The U.S military says the air strikes were carried out against the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan group in northwestern Syria. CCTV America's Jim Spellman reported the story.

This is a group the Pentagon says is made up of elite members of al-Qaida who gathered in Syria to take advantage of the chaos there and, according to U.S. officials, have been working on a plot to strike U.S. or Western targets using advanced bomb-making techniques.

In September, when the U.S. began airstrikes against ISIL in Syria, the Pentagon also listed the Khorasan group as a target, but little has been said about this group.

Last night’s strikes used bombers, fighters and drones to go after vehicles, bomb-making facilities and training facilities. The Pentagon said that the strikes hit their marks but that they are still assessing the impact.

CCTV America interviewed Mark Levine, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, to talk about the latest U.S air strikes.

Mark Levine of Truman National Security Project discusses Khorasan group air strikes

CCTV America interviewed Mark Levine, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, to talk about the latest U.S air strikes.