IS's 'Jihadi John' Said Killed In U.S. Strike
November 13, 2015
The BBC has quoted a senior British military official who says there is a 'high degree of certainty' that a British militant known as 'Jihadi John' was hit by a U.S. drone strike in the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.
Meanwhile, U.S. media reports quoted an unnamed U.S. official as saying the air strike was 'flawless' and the infamous British militant was 'evaporated.'
However, British Prime Minister David Cameron said it remained unclear whether the man who beheaded several Western hostages in IS videos had been killed.
The Pentagon confirmed on November 12 that it targeted a vehicle thought to be transporting the British IS militant.
The militant, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been described by a former hostage as a bloodthirsty psychopath who enjoyed threatening Western hostages.
Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa, who was held in Syria for more than six months after his abduction in September 2013, said Emwazi would explain precisely how the militants would carry out a beheading.
Among those Emwazi beheaded in videos posted online in the last year were U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
Emwazi, a London computer programmer, was born in Kuwait to a family of Iraqi origin. His parents moved to Britain in 1993.
Based on reporting by BBC, Reuters, AP, and AFP
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