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October 29th, 2014
10:42 PM ET

Officials: Terror leaders in Syria survived U.S. airstrikes

(CNN) - The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, multiple officials tell CNN.

The operatives are key members of Khorasan Group, the al Qaeda affiliate entrenched in Syria that the United States has declared poses a great risk to American national security. One official with direct knowledge of the latest U.S. assessment said the working assumption now is that both Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of the group, and David Drugeon, a French jihadist and key member, who is believed to be a skilled bomb-maker, are alive. The United States does not know with certainty if they are injured.

An intelligence analyst with knowledge of the intelligence tells CNN "its 99.5% certain" they are alive.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Iraq • News • Syria
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  1. Earl

    WHO IS KHORASAN? CNN asked

    Answer: More neocon foreign policy blowback, and that's assuming that the terrorists and the neocons are not knowingly collaborating together,because the only agenda that has been served by the so called "terrorists" is the neocon agenda,from 9/11 to present.

    October 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply

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