Washington D.C.- Multiple media sources are reporting tonight that the U.S. military launched an airstrike, targeting Jihadi John. At this point, U.S. officials say it is unclear if that strike actually killed the man who’s real name is Mohammed Emwhazi.
The Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi turned into one of Britain’s most notorious terrorists, wanted dead or alive, after murdering British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the strike took place around the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital.
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said.
In July, multiple media sources claimed that Jihadi John had reportedly fled Islamic State-controlled territory, fearing that the publicity surrounding him will eventually result in his head served on a plate by his fellow terrorists.
Syrian state TV claimed that dozens of ISIS fighters died in the battle, and a soldier who had been defending the base said that hundreds of extremist corpses were found around its perimeter.