Sunday 25 September 2016

Jihadi John, the man behind Isil beheadings, confirmed dead

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

Jihadi John was killed in November
Jihadi John was killed in November
Mohamed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John, was killed in a drone strike in November

ISIL has confirmed the death of the British terrorist who became known as Jihadi John.

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Mohammed Emwazi had been reported killed in an air strike last November, with US forces saying they were 'reasonably certain' he was dead.

Isil has now released what appears to be an obituary to the fighter, who it calls Abu Muharib al-Muhajir, in the latest edition of its magazine 'Dabiq'.

A smiling picture of the militant, who appears unmasked looking towards the ground, accompanies the text, which is written in tribute form to a man they describe as an "honourable brother".

Emwazi shocked the world when he appeared in a video in August 2014 in which he condemned the West and appeared to behead US journalist James Foley. He emerged again in a number of other videos released by Isil, including those in which American reporter Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were murdered.

Early last year, the militant was identified as Kuwait-born Emwazi - a computer programming graduate who grew up in London.

Following the US military's report that Emwazi had been targeted, British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed his apparent death as a "strike at the heart" of the group, adding the move was "an act of self-defence" and "the right thing to do".

He was not thought to be a major tactical figure within the ranks of Isil, but was regarded as a potent propaganda tool for them.

Irish Independent

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