US airstrike kills senior Khorasan Group leader

U.S. officials say a key al-Qaida figure has been killed in an American airstrike in Syria.

The officials say that Muhsin al-Fadhli is dead. He was a leader of the Khorasan Group, a cadre of al-Qaida operatives who were sent from Pakistan to Syria to plot attacks on the West. Officials say the Khorasan Group is embedded in the al-Nusra front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the operation.

Previously based in Iran, al-Fadhli was the subject of a $7 million reward by the State Department for information leading to his capture or death.