ISIS Confirms Jihadi John’s Death 

Jihadi JohnThe Islamic State has confirmed the death of Jihadi John in a drone strike in November 2015.

The group published an obituary for the British militant, whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi, in its online magazine, Dabiq.

In November, the US military said it was “reasonably certain” it had killed him in the ISIS-stronghold of Raqqa.

Emwazi appeared in beheading videos of victims including UK aid worker, David Haines and taxi driver, Alan Henning.

He was a computer programming graduate who grew up in London before he was radicalised .

 

ISIS ‘Jihadi John’ Named As Mohammed Emwazi

isThe masked Islamic State IS militant known as “Jihadi John”, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheading of Western hostages, has been named as Mohammed Emwazi.

Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from west London, He is a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.

Emwazi first appeared in a video last August, when he apparently killed the US journalist James Foley.

He was later thought to have been pictured in the videos of the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker, David Haines, British taxi driver, Alan Henning and American aid worker, Abdul-Rahman Kassig also known as Peter.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State IS, apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

The 26-year-old militant used the videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.

Emwazi’s name was first disclosed by the Washington Post, citing unidentified former associates, but two U.S. government sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Reuters that investigators believed Jihadi John was Emwazi.

Jihadi John became a menacing symbol of Islamic State brutality and one of the world’s most wanted men.

Hostages called him John as he and other Britons in IS had been nicknamed the Beatles.

Emwazi who was born in Kuwait, came to Britain aged 6 and graduated with a computer programming degree from the University of Westminster before coming to the attention of Britain’s main domestic intelligence service, MI5

ISIS Beheads American Hostage, Peter Kassig

kassigA video reportedly released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Sunday showed the beheading of an American hostage, Peter Kassig.

Kassig, a 26 year-old former U.S. Soldier had converted to Islam in captivity and also went by the name Abdul Rahman Kassig.

Following his return to civilian life, he became an aid worker in Syria, where he was captured and held hostage for over a year.

ISIS had threatened to kill Kassig in a previous video which showed the beheading of British aid worker, Alan Henning.

The US says it is working to determine the authenticity of the video, which also shows a mass killing of Syrian troops.

Wife Appeals To IS To Release Her Husband

Alan HenningThe wife of a British taxi driver, Alan Henning, being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) has pleaded with the militants to “see it in their hearts” to release him.

“When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning,” Barbara Henning said, in a statement released via the Foreign Office.

Alan, who hails from Eccles in Salford, was captured by the extremists while on an aid mission to Syria, in December 2013.

His wife Barbara said he had been driving an ambulance stocked with food and water at the time of his capture.

Following the murder of another Briton, David Haines, the militants issued a threat to kill Henning next, in a video released last week.

“I cannot see how it could assist any state’s cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying”, Barbara said.

“I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

“I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.”

The militants are yet to respond to her plea.