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Pentagon: Strikes on Al Qaeda Group to Disrupt ‘Imminent’ Western Attack

Among the surprises from last night’s unexpected air strikes into Syria were the attacks on the Khorasan group, which President Barack Obama characterized this morning as a “seasoned al Qaeda group.”

On Tuesday morning, military sources said that the attacks were to disrupt an “imminent” threat to western states, including “potentially” the United States, though added that it was not so imminent that specific targets had been determined. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby reiterated the rationale behind the strikes:

Khorasan is a Pakistani-based al Qaeda group operating out of Syria, with ties to top al Qaeda leadership. The U.S. struck several Khorasan targets Monday, including “training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities,” according to a military statement.

Watch the remarks below via Fox News:

[h/t CNN]

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