‘Jihadi John’, a British ISIS militant living in Syria, has most likely been killed by a US airstrike.
US military officials have stated that they are “99% they have got him”, during a series of airstrikes over the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Jihadi John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, gained the infamous nickname after beheading foreign journalists and aid workers in videos circulated around the world by ISIS. He was first seen in August 2014 when he beheaded American journalist James Foley in a video uploaded to YouTube.
Sky News reported that one of the missiles targeted an car near the Islamic court in the city, and a source from the Pentagon has stated that there is a “high degree of certainty” that the Emwazi had been killed. Peter Cook from the Pentagon said that the strike was aimed at Emwazi, however, said his death wasn’t yet confirmed. It is believed there was at least one other person in the car.
There has been no official confirmation from ISIS, however, Sky News reported that locals have said the hospital has been closed to the public, which happens only when senior militants are killed.
The Pentagon has said they will announce the result only once they have completed a full assessment of the strike.