• ISIS Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Has Been Identified

    One of the Islamic State’s most notorious killers, and the masked face seen in so many of ISIS’ brutal beheading videos, has been identified.

    Two U.S. intelligence officials now believe that the infamous “Jihadi John” is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi.

    They said he comes from a prosperous family in London but was born in Kuwait.

    Over the past year, Islamic State execution videos made Emwazi an unforgettable figure. Usually dressed in all black military garb, holding a knife, and speaking with a deep English accent, Emwazi was shown decapitated countless hostages including Americans.

    From the Washington Post:

    The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.

    But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize.

    “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” said one of Emwazi’s close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I am sure it is him.”

    A representative of a British human rights group who had been in contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria also said he believed Emwazi was Jihadi John, a moniker given to him by some of the hostages he once held.

    This news comes on the heels of an on-line “call to action” by terror group al Shabab that’s put U.S. intelligence and security agencies on high alert.

    “But behind the scenes,” NBC News reports, “authorities are taking the threat seriously, because previous calls to action have been heeded by violent ‘lone wolves.”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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