IS Terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ Hit by US Drone Strike, Believed Dead

Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” / AP
November 13, 2015

A U.S. drone strike hit infamous Islamic State terrorist "Jihadi John" Thursday night in Raqqa, Syria, leading officials to believe that he has been killed.

ABC News reported that the Islamic State militant was targeted when he departed a building to enter a car, according to an anonymous official, who also said the "flawless" strike did not cause any collateral damage.

The terrorist, a British citizen who was identified as Mohammed Emwazi in February, oversaw the video-recorded beheadings of American and Western hostages, including U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

"U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Nov. 12, 2015, targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John,’" Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. "Emwazi, a British citizen, participated in the videos showing the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and a number of other hostages."

Cook further stated that officials were still "assessing the results" of the strike and would provide additional information. James Foley’s mother, Diane, said that a successful strike would be a "really a small solace to us."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that the operation was "a combined effort" between the U.S. and Britain.

"If this strike was successful, and we still await confirmation of that, it will be a strike at the heart of ISIL," Cameron stated.

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