ISIS confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’

ISIS confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’

ISIS confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jan, 2016 | 8:10 am

The Islamic State group’s propaganda magazine has confirmed the British militant known as Jihadi John died in a drone strike in November.

The group published an obituary for the jihadist, whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi, in its online magazine Dabiq.

U.S. officials said in November that they were reasonably certain the English-speaking voice of the terror group had been killed in a targeted drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS’ de facto capital.

The confirmation in Dabiq was the first time ISIS addressed the militant’s death. The magazine told the story of his journey into ISIS in a two-page article and reported that he was killed instantly by the drone strike.

As the masked face of ISIS, Jihadi John was featured in a series of hostage videos, dressed head-to-toe in black — his eyes and voice his lone revealing features — and holding a knife.

Who is Jihadi John?

As a boy he was a fan of Manchester United and the pop group S Club 7 and his greatest ambition was to become a footballer.

But by the time he reached his mid-twenties Mohammed Emwazi had adopted a very different career path establishing himself as a feared and brutal jihadi killer at the service of Islamic State.

Mohammed Emwazi who came to be known as Jihadi John first came to public attention in August 2014 with the release of a chilling video in which he appeared to behead the American journalist James Foley, who had been captured by IS.

Dressed in black covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose, a holster under his left arm, he delivered a political rant before apparently executing Foley.

Jihadi John later appeared in videos of the beheadings of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and in November 2014, that of American aid worker Peter Kassig.

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