KHORASAN TERROR GROUP IN SYRIA
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When Obama finally did give the order to attack Syria (but not Bashar Assad who long ago passed Obama's Red Line), we learned that one major target was not ISIS, but another terrorist organization, KHORASAN, that has not been discussed before. This group is the axis term on Figures 1 and 2. In Figure 2 we will look at the claim by Al-Jazeera that the name Khorasan is fictional. On Figure 1 at the same absolute skip (but opposite direction) is SYRIA and USA. Sharing the last letter with SYRIA is AIRPLANE. This group is alleged to be plotting to bomb airliners. ISLAM is at skip +2. In the open text going through KHORASAN is THE CLOUD COVERED IT AND THE APPEARANCE OF FIRE AT NIGHT. Alleged KHORASAN targets were first bombed at night, and we watched them burn in fire at night. JORDAN shares a letter with the phrase just mentioned. Within 48 hours of the start of combat operations in Syria, the oil assets if ISIS were bombed. On the matrix THE OIL at skip -2 shares a letter with SYRIA.
Figure 1 above: KHORASAN as axis term, but it's ELS rank is only 16. Below: The spreadsheet showing odds for Figure 1.
Figure 2 below: KHORASAN as axis term (ELS rank 8), with FICTIONAL at the same skip, and FICTIONAL intersecting SYRIA at skip +1.
The spreadsheet below is for Figure 2 without and with OBAMA.
What follows is the original Al-Jazeera story about the possibility that Khorasan is a fictitious name.
Khorsan: The Group that isn't.
By Imran Khan, a correspondent based in Doha on September 24, 2014.
A few days ago I began to see news reports quoting US military and government officials talking up a group called Khorasan. This piqued my interest. In 14 years of covering this region this was a new name for me. Then the reports began to paint them as a shadowy super group of hardcore terrorists that are experimenting with technology and new, ever more fiendish ways of attacking civilians in the US. Then the group became the target of US airstrikes in Syria and suddenly the name was on every news outlet's lips.
Except something, to me, wasn't right.
I began to make some calls to contacts across the Middle East and South Asia. To say I drew a blank would be an understatement. Reactions ranged from a hearty laugh to confusion. The name was new.
In Pakistan I spoke to Ahmed, not his real name, and asked him who the group was. Ahmed is an occasional blogger and activist who openly supports ISIL. He is a veteran of Jihad in Afghanistan and resides in Rawalpindi, surrounded by pamphlets urging Muslims to rise up against the West. "Khorasan? I don't know that name. I don't know who they are."
In the US, I spoke to analysts and here in Baghdad watched pundits on TV who are seemingly convinced of the group’s danger to the US. Attorney General Eric Holder told US news outlets after the US airstrikes on Syria, that they had known about the group for 2 years saying: "We hit them last night out of a concern that they were getting close to an execution date of some of the plans that we have seen." On the phone I spoke to Robert Ford, the former US Ambassador to Syria who told me: "We used the term inside the government, we don't know where it came from. It certainly didn't originate inside the State Department. All I know is that they don't call themselves that."
Khorasan is almost certainly a term that the US government has coined. It's suitably exotic. Geographically, it's a historical region in the north east of Iran and includes Afghanistan and what is now Pakistan. This tallies with what I've been told by my sources, and who the Americans claim, make up the group: a hardcore of former al-Qeada fighters who come from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
Khorasan doesn't have a flag, it doesn't have a media operation, or a brand name which people recognize. In short, it doesn't have the things that ISIL and other groups have, that turn them into a rallying call for others.
My guess, and this comes from talking to people across the spectrum, is that Khorasan is a term that may well have been coined by intelligence analysts that has been picked up by politicians and then an unquestioning US Media that has turned it into a group that should be feared. It's classic self-fulfilling prophecy theory. Call something a problem and eventually it will become a problem.
What it clearly isn't is a name that Jihadists know or use. To that end, why would the US government put the name out there? Clearly, it's a short-hand that they see as being media friendly, and it pushes the idea that there are groups out there that operate in a shadowy manner and use ancient names to hark back to an ancient time.
Khorasan: A name worthy of a James Bond villain and more than likely equally fictional.
How often is KHORASAN encoded with FICTIONAL at a special case skip?
There are 16 ELSs of KHORASAN in wrapped Torah. In four cases shown below, there are relatively close matches between this term and a 4-letter word for FICTIONAL with the later word being at a special case skip of +/-1 or the absolute skip of the axis term, KHORASAN.