The Muslim killer who so famously murdered several American hostages (as well as other Westerners) has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria.
Mohammed Emwazi, or more famously “Jihadi John”, became infamous throughout the West after video emerged of him murdering several Western hostages and taunting President Obama, the United States and our allies.
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.”
On Thursday evening, reports emerged that he had been spotted leaving a building in Raqqa, Syria and entering a nearby vehicle. It was at this point that the US military was able to use a drone to track him and kill him. An American official says that the strike went off flawlessly and that it delivered a “clean hit” with NO collateral damage.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_SL) November 13, 2015
While US officials are pleased with the result, they caution that they cannot be 100% sure that Jihadi John is dead, but they are “reasonably certain” that he was killed in the attack.
US officials are cautioning that we may never know for sure that Emwazi is dead.
“We don’t have jackpot,” the official said, meaning they had no absolute proof.
He cautioned that, in such cases where DNA evidence is difficult to obtain and the death is not easily established by other intelligence means, definitive confirmation may not be possible.
The attack was a joint U.S.-British operation and speaks to the continued strength of our alliance with Britain.
Speaking hours later Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron cast the airstrike as an act of self-defense that, if it is confirmed Emwazi is dead, “will strike at the heart of ISIS.”
“We always said we will do whatever is necessary to track down Emwazi and stop him taking the lives of others,” he said.
While Emwazi’s death is being trumpeted as good news around the West, it would be a mistake to see this as a “final victory” in the fight against ISIS. Emwazi was hardly a “leader” of ISIS, and while his death gives us a “moral” victory, it will do little to slow the murderous onslaught of the ISIS fiends.
John Foley in NH on the reported killing of Mohammed Emwazi: "Give me a break. Jihadi John is nothing." pic.twitter.com/hx6TXW6rUN
— Jonathan Hall (@JHall7news) November 13, 2015
Extraordinary exaggeration re: possible killing of #Emwazi. Not key to ISIS. Many other ISIS mass murderers. ISIS brutality continues.
— Chris Doyle (@Doylech) November 13, 2015