David Drugeon is a French foreign fighter in Syria and reported member of the Khorasan group. He is an alleged expert in bomb-making. Reports once claimed that Drugeon defected from France’s intelligence services,Mitchell Prothero, “Sources: U.S. air strikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida,” McClatchy, October 5, 2014, http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/10/05/242218_sources-us-air-strikes-in-syria.html?rh=1. but they have since been discredited. French officials have formally denied any links between Drugeon and France’s intelligence community.Eric Pelletier and Boris Thiolay, “Sur la piste du Français d'Al-Qaïda,” L’Express, October 21, 2014, http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/sur-la-piste-du-francais-d-al-qaeda_1613834.html.
The U.S. began conducting airstrikes against the Khorasan group on September 22, 2014. U.S. officials believe that Drugeon was killed in November 2014 airstrikes, although they could not confirm his death.“U.S. Attacks Al Qaeda-Linked Militants Khorasan,” Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2014, http://www.wsj.com/articles/activists-say-us-struck-syrian-rebel-compound-1415266868. CNN and French outlet L’Express reported in December 2014 that Drugeon survived the strike.Barbara Starr and Paul Cruickshank, “Officials: Khorasan Group bomb maker thought dead survived,” CNN, December 11, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/10/politics/kohrasan-group-bomb-maker-survived/. In September 2015, U.S. intelligence sources revealed their beliefs that Drugeon was killed in an airstrike in July 2015, although neither the United States nor France has confirmed his death.Barbara Starr, “U.S. believes notorious bombmaker David Drugeon killed in airstrike,” CNN Politics, September 12, 2015, http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/11/politics/david-drugeon-bombmaker-khorasan.
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