Top Khorasan leader killed in airstrike in Syria

A coalition airstrike in Syria killed the highest ranking leader of the Khorasan Group, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, aka Sanafi al-Nasr, was a "long-time jihadist" who helped to move money into al Qaeda leaders in Iraq and maintain routes for new recruits to travel to Syria, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. He was killed in a coalition airstrike in northwest Syria on Thursday.

In 2012, he was put in charge of al Qaeda's core finances. After relocating to Syria in 2013, he went on to become the highest ranking leader of the Khorasan Group, a network of al Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups, according to the statement.

"The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda and its remnants," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. "This operation deals a significant blow to the Khorasan Group's plans to attack the United States and our allies, and once again proves that those who seek to do us harm are not beyond our reach."

He is the fifth senior leader of the Khorasan Group killed in the last four months.