US kills top Khorasan commander in Syria

The United States military has confirmed that an airstrike in Syria has killed a top al-Qaeda commander.

The Pentagon said Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, a Saudi national, was the highest-ranking leader of a secretive cell of al-Qaeda operatives called the Khorasan group.

Known as Sanafi al-Nasr, he was ‘a longtime jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters’ for the terrorist network, a statement from the U.S. Defense Department said.

It said U.S.-led coalition forces conducted the airstrike over northwest Syria on Thursday.