‘Jihadi John’ Is Targeted by U.S. Airstrike in ISIS Stronghold
The notorious ISIS terrorist known as “Jihadi John” was targeted in a U.S. airstrike but the murderer’s fate remained unclear early Friday.
Mohammed Emwazi has participated in numerous propaganda videos showing the killings of Westerners, including American journalists Steven Sotloff andJames Foley, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workersDavid Haines and Alan Henning and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, officials said.
A senior U.S. official told NBC News that the Kuwait-born British citizen was directly “targeted” by the strike in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, on Thursday night.
“There is no vengeance, but there is accountability,” said the official, who stressed that “we are still assessing and not confirming” whether Emwazi had been killed.
A senior U.S. counter-terrorism official also told NBC News early Friday that there was “no definitive proof yet that he was killed.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the U.S. strike as “an act of self-defense” and the “right thing to do.”
But Cameron admitted that “we cannot yet be certain” that the attack had been successful.