Jihadi John Allegedly Killed in U.S. Drone Attack
Thursday November 11, 2015: According to reports, the terrorist that has become known as ‘Jihadi John’ was killed during a drone strike by the U.S. in Syria. The attack was targeting a vehicle that was believed to be transporting Jihadi John, who is a British man that appeared in numerous videos that depicted beheadings of various western captives.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook stated that the drone initially targeted Mohammad Emwazi (Dubbed Jihadi John by the press), who was the target of an airstrike in Raqqa. Emwazi is believed to be in his 20’s and has been described by previous hostages as a ‘Bloodthirsty psychopath’ that took pleasure in threatening western hostages. Javier Espinosa, a Spanish journalist that was held in Syria for more than six months after his kidnapping in September 2013, has stated that Emwazi would go into detail in explaining how the ISIL militants would behead someone. The people that were held hostage by Emwazi and others would eventually dub them ‘The Beatles’ with Jihadi John being viewed as the Lennon of the group.
Previous reports that highlighted Jihadi John included footage depicting the militant group decapitating hostages including U.S. journalists James Foley, and Steven Sotloff; U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and British aid workers David Haines, and Alan Henning. The videos showed Jihadi John sputing off political rants while his hostages kneeled down in front of him. The videos ended with footage of John standing with the headless victim lying on the ground in the sand. Emwazi (Jihadi John) got his nickname in February 2014 because of his British accent used during his rants. When Emwazi was identified as Jihadi John, his father denied the claims. However, his identification was later confirmed. British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will address the public on Emwazi’s death later on today.
In his statement, he said “We have been working hand in glove with the Americans to defeat ISIL and to hunt down those murdering hostages. The Prime Minister has said before that tracking down these brutal murderers was a top priority.”
Mohamad Emwazi was originally born in Kuwait, and spent some time in Taima and Jahra areas before immigrating to Britain as a child. He eventually went to a state school in London before attending the University of Westminster to take computer science. He left Britain for Syria in 2013, but he began appearing on the radar of Britain’s intelligence community in 2009.
This article will be updated after the British Prime Minister makes his announcements
This article is free and Open Source under the Creative Commons License and may be shared with attribution to freethinkernation.com, ERnews.org, and the author. The image used in this article was taken from The Muslim Issue under Creative Commons license.