Every mama wants to protect her kids; so does the US with ISIS and Al-Nusra. According to CIA's latest wire pulling, an unknown terror group "Khorasan," is the real big threat against US, not ISIS, which supposedly doesn't have the ability to carry out attacks against the US despite the recent grisly beheadings and grabbing millions worth of military hardware for the proxy war since 2011. The US intelligentsia emphasizes that Khorasan consists of seasoned Al Qaeda fighters (as if ISIS consists of cordial bleeding hearts) from Central Asia, taking advantage of the chaos in Syria and consolidating its base in Aleppo. CIA further 'enlightens' the world saying Al Qaeda's master bomb maker and a close confidant of OBL are the leaders of Khorasan. Most of us would presume that senior AQ men of OBL's time and generation were either dead or too old to be actively in the forefront like the aging Ayman al-Zawahri.
CIA claims Khorasan worked with Al-Nusra in Syria for a while in 2013. However, most analysts, including the Washington Institute, have already caught the spoof. Khorasan isn't an independent AQ group. Khorasan and Al-Nusra are one in the same. A small and shadowy AQ cell known as 'Khorasan' was active in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran several years ago. It later joined Al-Nusra in Syria to participate in the "jihad." Some Khorasans reportedly defected Al-Nusra when ISIS announced its merger in 2013. Aaron Y. Zelin at the Washington Institute think tank tweeted, "It’s cute Pentagon is literally making up new group called ‘Khurasan’ when it’s just AQ AfPak/Iran guys in JN. Don’t get my gov sometimes." The White House has cleverly maneuvered an old episode to super dupe the American people using Khorasan as a scapegoat while ISIS and Al-Nusra remain in the shade. The Syrian government continues to be in the line of fire. So the US air force violates Syrian air space and flies over Aleppo for its supposed to be chasing "Khorasan" but the events in northern Iraq (Abu Bakr Baghdadi's "caliphate") are suspiciously toned-down.
The contrivance helps Barack Obama to be more comfortable with the American people who now won't blame their government for neglecting ISIS. It will also be easier for the world to forgive and forget John McCain's meeting with Baghdadi in 2013. Hopefully for the White House, the hype will revive the memories of 9/11. The same guys who hit the twin towers are now threatening US from Syria. It's only a matter of time for the next folklore to pop up, to the effect, 'Assad has ties with Khorasan.' CIA and Obama's advisers are running out of ideas. They couldn't have made a more clumsy attempt to defend their proxy fighters, retaining them as reservists for rainy days in the future.