U.S. forces have reportedly killed the Islamic State terrorist known as "Jihadi John" in a drone strike in Syria.
A U.S. military source has told the BBC there was a “high degree of certainty” he had been killed in Thursday’s assault in the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital city of Raqqa.
Mohammed Emwazi, 27, a Kuwaiti-born British terrorist, appeared 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.
Citing sources in Raqqa, Rami Abdel Rahman, of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), told the Guardian:
“Four young men were in the car, including a British citizen who was a very senior figure […] We are 100% certain that he is dead. People have told us that there were a lot of [body] parts.”
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street (per the BBC), British prime minister David Cameron said the UK had been working “literally around the clock [with the U.S.]” to hunt down the Islamic State’s fanatical executioner.
Cameron reportedly said any successful attack would have been a “strike at the heart” of the Islamic State.
Precise details of the operation are sparse, although, as the Guardian reports, there is a strong possibility that the drone took off from a base across the northern border in southern Turkey.
In a statement from Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed that U.S. assets had carried out the strike.
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