Islamic State Confirms Death Of ‘Jihadi John’ In November Airstrike

Death Of 'Jihadi John'
On January 19, 2016, the Islamic State confirmed the death of "Jihadi John," whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi, 27, in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, last year. Clad in a black mask, Emwazi was featured in a series of execution videos. ABC News screenshot

RAQQA, Syria, Jan. 19 (UPI) — The Islamic State has confirmed the death of “Jihadi John,” the masked executioner with a British accent who was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike last year.

The militant group made the announcement in an obituary featured in its online publication known as Dabiq.

The 27-year-old jihadist’s real name was Mohammed Emwazi, though among his IS comrades he was known as “Abu Muharib al-Muhajir.”

Emwazi, wearing a black mask, appeared in a series of beheading videos, including those depicting the deaths of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, British aid worker David Haines, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and British taxi driver Alan Henning.

In November, U.S. officials said they had a “high degree of certainty” that Emwazi was killed in a coalition drone strike in the IS capital of Raqqa, Syria.

“This guy was a human animal, and killing him probably makes the world a little bit better place,” The Telegraph quoted Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren as saying at the time.

Earlier this month, IS released a fresh video depicting the execution of five men by a different black-masked executioner who spoke with a British accent. The man, known by the alias Abu Rumaysah, was later identified as Siddhartha Dhar, a 32-year-old British Indian who converted to Islam.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the militants released the video to distract the public from a recent series of battlefield losses.


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