- US reportedly conducted drone airstrikes on Thursday targeting “Jihadi John”
- Both the US and British government say there is a “high degree of certainty” that “Jihadi John” may have been killed in the airstrikes
- The British government is expected to make the announcement soon following the US report
The United States reportedly conducted airstrikes targeting Mohammed Emzawi or who is known to the world as the notorious butcher “Jihadi John”; the executioner who has murdered a number of American, British and Japanese hostages in past propaganda videos.
A US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has confirmed to Reuters there is a ‘strong possibility’ that Jihadi John may have been killed in the bomb raids, but Pentagon is careful not to make any definitive conclusion as it is still assessing the report.
“US forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on 12 November 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook was quoted as saying in a statement.
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” the American official added.
A British government also confirmed it has been working “hand in glove” with the US in hunting down the brutal executioner and that there is a “high degree of certainty that he has been killed.
British Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement anytime soon following the US report.
Another US official also reportedly spoke to CNN; saying that there was indeed a mission of “persistent surveillance” to track down Emzawi. On Thursday, he was finally located inside one of the vehicles in Raqqa Syria at the time of the airstrikes launched from a drone. (Click here to read more)