ISIS Says Jihadi John Faked Being Dumb to Trick MI5
The terrorist organization confirms his death in November airstrike
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2016 6:20 PM CST
ISIS has confirmed the death of Jihadi John at the hands of a US airstrike in November.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – The Islamic State has finally confirmed the death of the man known as Jihadi John, something tentatively announced by US officials following an airstrike back in November, CNN reports. The confirmation comes via an obituary published by ISIS' Dabiq magazine. The obituary provides details about Jihadi John—real name Mohammed Emwazi—as well as a photo of him without his trademark balaclava. Among the claims the article makes about Emwazi is that he "pretended to be unintelligent to trick MI5 officers," according to the Telegraph. The article states he pretended to be dumb when stopped by authorities while attempting to travel from Britain to Kuwait. Later it claims he was able to travel to Syria to join ISIS "right under the nose of the much-overrated MI5 British intelligence agency."

Emwazi first came to international attention in August 2014 in an ISIS execution video, the BBC reports. He would go on to appear in multiple execution videos and was given the nickname Jihadi John. Emwazi moved to Britain at age 6, became a citizen, and would go on to get a degree in computer programming. According to the Telegraph, the Dabiq article appears to praise him for his part in the beheading videos. "His harshness towards the kafir (non-believers) was manifested through deeds that enraged all the nations, religions, and factions of kafir, the entire world bearing witness to this," the article states. It also praises him for his "mercy, kindness, and generosity towards the believers," exemplified by the time he gave a concubine to another man as a gift.