According to multiple sources, including at least one high-ranking U.S. Department of Defense official, famed ISIS Executioner “Jihadi John” has been killed in a U.S. Drone strike in Raqqa, Syria.
The British citizen believed to be born in Kuwait has been the popular face of the most gruesome ISIS execution/beheading videos released over the past year. This map, provided by RBSS (Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of incredibly brave activists that document the daily life inside of the ISIS stronghold.) shows some details of the event:
Some tweets that occurred as the events unfolded, prior to understanding WHO was being targeted:
The “Clock Tower” they refer to is where ISIS in Raqqa performs many of it’s executions (of local citizens, their dramatic Hollywood-style executions are done in secret locations outside of the towns)
According to Sky News:
An airstrike targeting the British IS militant known as “Jihadi John” has been carried out in Syria – and the US is “99% sure we got him”.
Activists in the IS stronghold said they counted 14 airstrikes between 11.51pm and midnight on Thursday.
They reported that one of the first missiles targeted a car near the city’s Islamic court – but the area was closed off by militants to prevent anyone from approaching.
Eyewitnesses in Raqqa told Sky News Jihadi John – real name Mohammed Emwazi – was taken to hospital after the strike, with IS claiming he was injured but still alive.
We will update this article as the situation develops, and as soon as a confirmation is received.