The ISIS terrorist dubbed “Jihadi John”, who oversaw the brutal executions of American and Western hostages, was hit by a U.S. air strike Thursday night and is believed to have been killed, the Pentagon said.
The U.S. military said early Friday it was still working to determine whether the strike killed the militant, a British citizen whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi.
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Officially, the Pentagon would only confirm that the strike had Emwazi in its sights. “U.S. forces conducted an airstrike . . . targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John, ” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Thursday.
One official said the jihadist, Mohammed Emwazi, was thought to be hit as he left a building in Raqqa, Syria, and entered a vehicle. The official called it a “flawless” and “clean hit” with no collateral damage and that Emwazi basically “evaporated.”
“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Nov. 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John, ‘” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
“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 said. “We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”