The strange case of the terrorist group that evaporated. The Unknown group Khorasan, working in Syria, was appointed by the US as being worse than the Islamic State and having greater capacity to threaten the security of US citizens. But just abruptly with the outbreak in the news, mention the group of "terrorists hardened" evaporated. It was on September 13, 2014 that the world has learned, through an Associated Press dispatch, the Islamic State, the jihadist organization whose wild methods led to the rejection of al-Qaeda, had an even more dangerous competitor: Khorasan Group. The news agency said that the (then) unknown organization, formed by "hardened jihadists from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe," represented "a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with experts in Yemeni make bombs to attack American planes. "
The AP, citing always anonymous US officials also stated that the group had links with the Nusra Front, "Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda", and that veterans sought to recruit Europeans and North Americans whose passports would allow them to embark on aircraft US companies with sophisticated Yemeni bombs, able to pass unnoticed to the detectors. Therefore, the AP said, the group was considered by the US agencies "a more immediate threat." The Associated Press dispatch kicked off a flurry of articles, all uncritically reproducing information from the spin doctors of Washington. The journalists of major newspapers and TV networks showed suddenly have extensive information on the new terrorist group, including the origin of the name, a historical region encompassing the northeast of Iran, southern Turkmenistan and northern Afghanistan. Khorasan means "Land of the Sun", reported the Washington Post.
"We have to react". Soon the references to the new terrorist group went from off to on: "In terms of threat to the homeland, the Khorasan can pose much danger as the Islamic State," warned James Clapper, Director of National Information Services, on September 18 . James Comey, FBI director said in an interview with 60 Minutes, the CBS network, the "Khorasan was and may still be making an effort to attack the United States and our allies, trying to do it too much too soon" , adding that "I can not sit here and tell you that they plan to attack tomorrow, or three weeks or months ... We have to act as if it were tomorrow."
And that's what the US aircraft made on 23 that month: bombed targets in Syria, announcing that one of the attacks had targeted the Khorasan Group and its training camps, manufacturing facility pumps and communications centers. The Barack Obama himself explained that members of Khorasan Group were "experienced operative of Al Qaeda in Syria," justifying the bombings as a response to that "plot against America" and "threaten our people." A Pentagon spokesman then announced that as a result of the air raid had been eliminated individuals who prepared the attack.
"I do not know what it means imminent"
Then suddenly, the same journalists who had taken for granted the danger posed by the new terrorist group began to change the discourse. The same journalist that AP was the first to announce the imminent threat of Khorasan Group, has written a new article saying that "the US authorities give a more nuanced version of the threats of Khorasan". James Comey evaded when asked about the imminent threat posed by the new terrorists: "I do not know exactly the meaning of this word 'imminent'." The Pentagon spokesman defended the air strikes and said: "We agreed on them. And do not think that we have to bring a file to prove that these guys are bad. "
But in early November, the International Business Times noted that "the Khorasan Group disappeared from US political rhetoric, raising doubts about its existence." Richard Engel, NBC journalist who once warned on Twitter about the threat that represented the Khorasan Group, published another message: "Syrian activists tell us that never heard of Khorasan or its leader."
The false threat, Iran and his friend more dangerous. Entered in 2015 and no one else spoke of the mysterious Khorasan Group. For journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept, which joined the puzzle pieces in the article "The false threat of terror to justify the bombing of Syria," the invention of the new group was a way to garner public support for a campaign of air strikes without congressional authorization and on an organization, the Islamic State, which did not represent a direct threat to the American people.
"The Obama administration needed a propaganda and legal arguments to justify the bombing of another predominantly Muslim country. Although emotions regarding the beheadings carried out by EI are high, were not sufficient to support a new long war, "explained the authors of the report in The Intercept. Thus, the "new, experienced and hardened terrorists" have entered the scene, only to disappear a month later. The operation had the support of the media, who have not bothered with the crossing of sources and were limited to repeat what the official advisers told them. And so the "new enemy," terrorist group "worse than the Islamic State", appeared and evaporated.