Mohammed Emwazi, better know as Jihadi John, was targeted in a drone strike on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports:
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, U.S. officials said.
Emwazi is responsible for the beheading of American Journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid-workers Alan Henning, David Haines and Peter Kassig. His latest victim was Japanese photojournalist Kenji Goto, and he has been rumored to have been on the run since Goto’s death. Evidently, ISIL chiefs found Emwazi disposable and wanted him dead.
The report continues:
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.
While his death would not be a major blow to ISIL, it is a win for coalition forces that have long searched for Emwazi. Britain Prime Minister, David Cameron was rumored to putting the British national on an authorized kill list earlier in the year.
In the ongoing struggle against the despicable forces of ISIL, this operation shows that the United States will not hesitate to strike against high target personnel within Syria. The Obama administration recently announced the Pentagon will position fifty special operation troops with Syria that will extend operations within Iraq and Syria.
The timing of this operation could represent the presence of special operations already on the ground within Syria, as Emwazi is the highest profile target that would grab headlines around the world. Unfortunately, any such speculation may never be answered as the operation was extremely sensitive in nature.
With Emwazi’s exodus from ISIL it’s unlikely he will be seen as a martyr within the organization, weakening the likelihood of a retaliatory attack by ISIL within the region.
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