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:
Map compiled by RBSS in Raqqa Syria
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.