XX Explains: Who is the US targeting in Syria?

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Short Summary: President Obama’s approval on US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria is a part of global plan to stop the terrorist group’s growth.

US and its allies launched their first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on Sept. 22.

Part of the air strike plan is to target other extremist groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Apart from hitting IS targets, the U.S. also attacked a little-known terrorist network called Khorasan, a group of Al Qaeda veterans, the New York Times reported.

Pentagon said Khorasan, with the help of al Qaeda is working on developing explosives that could be smuggled aboard airplanes bypassing security checks.

Khorasan is made up of Qaeda militants, who have traveled to Syria from Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa and Chechnya to name a few.

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Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world/middleeast/us-isis-syria.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29321136

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/khorasans-wish-list-concealable-explosives-western-extremists/