The United States has carried out a done strike in Syria targeting Mohamed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” who beheaded Western hostages in a number of propaganda videos, U.S. officials say.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed that U.S. forces carried out an airstrike on Thursday in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital. “We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said in a brief statement, which provided no other details about the airstrike.
U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ABC News that the jihadist had been “eviscerated” as he left a building in the city of Raqqa and entered a vehicle. The official called it a “clean hit” with no collateral damage, ABC News reported.
“Jihadi John” appeared in a number of Islamic State propaganda videos that shocked Western nations, showing the beheadings of two American journalists – James Foley and Steven Sotloff – as well as U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, among others. Although the British-accented man attempted to hide his identity, investigators later identified him as Mohamed Emwazi from London.
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