Jihadi John, an ISIS terrorist who was the overseer of the incredibly brutal executions of hostages who were from America and other Western nations, is believe to have been struck by a United States air strike. The incident occurred on Thursday night. According to an ABC News report, it is strongly believed that the incident killed the high-profile terrorist.
Jihadist Mohammed Emwazi is believed to have been struck as he left a building and was entering a vehicle in Raqqa, Syria. It was reported by an official that it was a flawless operation and a clean hit without collateral damage. The official claimed that the target – Emwazi – basically evaporated. Beyond the anonymous official, the Pentagon’s press secretary Peter Cook made a statement regarding the targeted hit.
Cook asserted that United States forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Nov. 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi who is also known as Jihadi John. Cook’s statement went on to say that Emwazi – who is a British citizen – participated in the videos showing the murders of United States 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 ISIS hostages. The statement from Cook concluded by asserting:
We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.
Family members of some hostage victims have begun to speak out. Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley who was Emwazi’s first victim spoke with ABC News. She said the death of Jihadi John would actually be really a small solace to the family. Extremely critical of United States foreign policy, she said:
This huge effort to go after the deranged man filled with hate when they can’t make half that effort to save the hostages while these young Americans were still alive.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the incident on Friday morning and claimed that it could not yet be said with certainty that the strike against Jihadi John was totally successful, according to the Telegraph. He also said that the Brits have vowed to do whatever it takes to track him down as they “have been working with the United States around the clock.” In conclusion, he stated:
I want to thank the United States. The United Kingdom has no better ally.
In February, Emwazi – Jihadi John – was unmasked and identified via media reports. Since then, he was no longer appearing for ISIS in its disturbing videos. It is believed that the alleged murder of Jihadi John – the man who ISIS used for propaganda purposes to lure new members – is a definite blow against ISIS’ image. At last reports on Friday morning, it has been reported by the Telegraph that United States officials are now 99 percent sure that Jihadi John has been killed – though confirmation is still forthcoming.