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Report: Jihadi John killed by US airstrike

Notorious Islamic State British beheader Mohammed Emwazi was targeted in his vehicle according to the Pentagon; in ISIS videos he beheaded US and Japanese journalists and US and British aid workers

Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – “Jihadi John”, the notorious Islamic State beheader, was the target of a US drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, the Pentagon reported Friday night. According to several reports he was killed in the strike.

Mohammed Emwazi was the target of an airstrike in Raqqa, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. Officials were assessing the results of the strike, he said.

A US official told The Associated Press that a drone had targeted a vehicle in which Emwazi was believed to be traveling.


‘Jihadi John’ in action in an ISIS video (Photo: AFP)


British Prime Minister David Cameron said officials are not yet certain whether Emwazi was killed. Cameron also said the US strike had been “an act of self-defense” and the right thing to do. He said targeting Emwazi was “a strike at the heart” of the Islamic State group.

Emwazi, believed to be in his mid-20s, has been described by a former hostage as a bloodthirsty psychopath who enjoyed threatening Western hostages. Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa, who had been held in


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