Once you are here, you would (hopefully), read the article below, and will shake your head or give high five to some one; or if alone will give thumbs up, and whisper “YEY”, one less bad guy! Yes one less terrorist, but is there one less? or just a name wiped off of the black board of justice department? Who was this terrorist?
The U.S. military launched a drone strike Thursday targeting “Jihadi John,” the masked Islamic State terrorist who beheaded several Western hostages in Syria and came to symbolize the brutality of the militant group, officials said.
But the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an operation that has not yet been announced, said they are still working to determine whether the strike actually killed the militant, Briton Mohammed Emwazi.
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The strike took place on Thursday around the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital.
If confirmed, Emwazi’s death would cap over a year of Western efforts to hunt down a militant who became widely known in August 2014 when he appeared — masked and dressed from head to toe in black — in a video in which he executed American journalist James Foley.
Former Islamic State hostages have described Emwazi, one of a number of English-speaking captors dubbed ‘the Beatles’ due to the British accents, as a vicious captor who participated in the waterboarding and beating of hostages.
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An official said that the gathering that was targeted in Thursday’s strike may have included another of the so-called Beatles. The Washington Post first identified Emwazi last February, but the identities of the other British militants have not become public.
For more than a year, Western officials have sought to determine the whereabouts of Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait but grew up in a well-to-do London family and studied computer programming before becoming radicalized. Now in his mid-20s, he is believed to have made his way to Syria around 2012 and later joined the Islamic State.
Since it launched air strikes over Iraq and Syria last year, the U.S. has already killed a number of militants it has described as senior members of the Islamic State. But if Emwazi’s death is confirmed, he would be by far the best-known militant to have been slain.
The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains at large.