U.S. Hits Al Qaeda Offshoot in Syria to Prevent 'Imminent' Attack on U.S.
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Jennifer Griffin reported from the Pentagon on last night's airstrikes in Syria, explaining that this operation is not "shock and awe."
In addition to hitting targets around Raqqa in Syria with help from five Arab allies, the U.S. undertook a solo mission to strike an al Qaeda offshoot called the Khorasan Group.
The Pentagon said the organization was actively plotting "imminent" attacks, including on the U.S. homeland.
The announcement of the second mission was contained at the bottom of the CENTCOM statement about Monday's military action:
"Separately, the United States has also taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa'ida veterans - sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations. These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets.
In total, U.S. Central Command conducted eight strikes against Khorasan Group targets west of Aleppo to include training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities."
Griffin said it's significant that the Pentagon went out of its way to say that the mission against Khorasan was not assisted by the other Sunni Arab nations.
On "Fox and Friends" this morning, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the military believes it hit its intended targets, but the assessment is still being conducted.
Kirby said it's believed the Khorasan group was in the "end stages" of plotting attacks against the West.
Griffin noted on "America's Newsroom" this morning that last week Obama administration officials told Congress there was no imminent threat to the homeland.
Watch Griffin's full report above and Kirby's interview below.
Below are a few images just into Fox News from the strikes that targeted Khorasan in Aleppo.