The United States launched an airstrike on Thursday that targeted the English-speaking Islamic State terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ in Syria.
The Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’ appeared in multiple videos that showed the beheadings of Western hostages, including journalists and aid workers.
The United States on Friday said that it was “reasonably certain” that it had killed the militant in a strike.
“It will take time to definitively declare whether we had success,” Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S. military operation against Islamic State. “It takes time to confirm,” he added.
Late Thursday night the Pentagon issued a brief statement confirming that a strike took place near the Syrian city of Raqaa, the de-facto capital of the so-called Islamic State group
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” the statement said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement on Friday saying that if confirmed, it would be a strike at the heart of Islamic State.
“It will demonstrate to those who would do Britain, our people and our allies harm, we have a long reach, we have unwavering determination and we never forget about our citizens,” he said.
Emwazi first appeared in a video last August 2014 that showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley. He later appeared in other videos, including in the gruesome killings of American journalist Steven Sotloff, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.