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2 More ISIS 'Beatles' IDed as Londoners

Alexanda Kotey, Aine Davis were part of cruel ISIS cell with 'Jihadi John': reports

(Newser) - A Londoner has been identified as part of an Islamic State cell—along with the late Mohammed Emwazi (aka "Jihadi John" )—that oversaw the beheadings of Western hostages in Syria, per a joint investigation by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed . Emwazi and Alexanda Kotey, 32, were part of... More »

ISIS Says Jihadi John Faked Being Dumb to Trick MI5

The terrorist organization confirms his death in November airstrike

(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... More »

'New Jihadi John' Threatens UK in ISIS Video

Group executes 5 alleged spies for Britain

(Newser) - An airstrike killed the Islamic State's "Jihadi John" last year , but a new ISIS spokesman with a British accent appears to have taken his place. The group released a video in which the masked man warns that ISIS will attack the UK in retaliation for Britain's support... More »

Foley's Parents on Jihadi John News: US Doesn't Get It

More effort should've gone toward hostages than to 'deranged man,' they say

(Newser) - We may never have to see "Jihadi John" again thanks to a drone strike that may have taken him ou t Thursday night. Though reports on Mohammed Emwazi's reported demise have yet to be confirmed, British PM David Cameron noted at a Friday press conference that "I'... More »

Is 'Jihadi John' Dead? US Drone Strike Targets Him

There's no confirmation yet on whether he was killed

(Newser) - After more than a year of US anti-ISIS airstrikes, "Jihadi John" might finally be history. The Pentagon says Mohammed Emwazi, the brutal militant known for decapitating Western hostages, was the target of a drone strike Thursday night near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, reports Reuters . Whether the... More »

Ex-Hostage: Jihadi John Told Us How We Would Die

Militant touched his blade to their throats, told them of pain

(Newser) - Long before Jihadi John ever slit the throats of a series of hostages in the desert outside Raqqa, he told them exactly what it would be like . He whispered in their ears, touched their jugulars with his sword, and told them how they would die. "He caressed my neck... More »

Suicidal Jihadi John: I'm 'a Dead Man Walking'

Old emails with British journo describe feeling watched by MI5

(Newser) - Before he was ISIS' notorious executioner, Mohammed Emwazi was an upscale Londoner —and one who apparently felt persecuted, according to old email correspondence between Emwazi and journalist Robert Verkaik dating back to 2010 and 2011. In them, published yesterday in the Daily Mail , Emwazi discusses feeling like MI5 is... More »

Pittsburgh Pirates: It's 'Sickening' Jihadi John Wore Our Hat

Team responds after photo surfaces of Mohammed Emwazi

(Newser) - After the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, Sky News unearthed a photo of him from his days at the University of Westminster in London. Much to the dismay of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Emwazi is wearing a team hat. "It is absolutely sickening... More »

How a 'Safari Vacation' May Have Shaped Jihadi John

He complained about UK 'harassment' when he tried to make 2009 trip

(Newser) - Mohammed Emwazi, the British-Kuwaiti man who has been identified as "Jihadi John," had long been known to British security services—and according to the advocacy group Cage , the way they treated him may have contributed to his radicalization. According to the group, when he tried to travel to... More »

'Jihadi John' Identified

ISIS' masked man is Mohammed Emwazi from London

(Newser) - Jihadi John has a real name, and the BBC and the Washington Post report that name is Mohammed Emwazi. The masked executioner in several ISIS beheading videos—including the first one of James Foley —was born in Kuwait, raised comfortably in West London, and has a degree in computer... More »

FBI: We've Identified 'Jihadi John'

But FBI Director James Comey isn't making the information public

(Newser) - The US believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in videos related to the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. But FBI chief James Comey told reporters that he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the US... More »

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