Prominent ISIS Member Alegedly Killed in Syria

Jess Barton, Staff Writer

Raqqa, Syria— Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John, was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. He was responsible for the beheading of several journalists, prompting the United States to prepare a mission to kill him. The Pentagon announced a drone strike late Thursday night, November 19th, to find Emwazi. The United States has been tracking him closely since Thursday and discovered a vehicle in which he had been continuing to travel in. The U.S. then deployed three drones and two missiles after that vehicle in an attempt to kill the infamous face of ISIS. Reportedly, a missile hit Emwazi’s car at 11:51 pm Thursday night. 

Emwazi is a British citizen and is among the most wanted. He has appeared in a series of violent videos dressed head-to-toe in black. Emwazi’s murder videos featured British aid worker David Haines, American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, in addition to Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Although Emwazi is allegedly killed, some believe that it would have been more beneficial to keep Emwazi as a war criminal. Emwazi was born in Kuwait and grew up in London. It is believed that Emwazi started to become radical when he traveled to Tanzania in 2009. Emwazi is believed to have traveled to Syria in 2012 to join ISIS. If Emwazi’s death is indeed confirmed, it would be a great feat for the opposing countries of ISIS to have a key figure is ISIS brutality gone for good.