NEW: A British citizen with ties to ISIS was arrested this week in Turkey, U.S. officials say
The man known as Jihadi John appeared in several videos involving the beheading of ISIS hostages
A U.S. Army spokesman says everyone in the stricken vehicle was killed, "Jihadi John" was the target
He hid his face, but “Jihadi John” was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. His twisted, videotaped taunts and acts of terrible cruelty – beheading hostages who had gone to the Middle East to report stories and help others – symbolized the Islamist militant group’s depravity and ruthlessness.
Not anymore, it appears.
U.S. Army Col. Steven Warren said Friday that a drone strike the previous night killed everyone in the targeted vehicle, with Mohammed Emwazi – a.k.a. “Jihadi John” – likely among them.
“We are reasonably certain that we killed the target that we intended to kill, which is Jihadi John,” the Army spokesman said. “…This guy was a human animal, and killing him is probably making the world a little bit better place.”
The United States had been tracking Emwazi closely since Wednesday, and he was seen leaving a building and getting into a car Thursday, U.S. officials said. Three drones went after that vehicle, which also had another person inside, and two Hellfire missiles were fired.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a Syrian activist group, said a missile hit Emwazi’s car directly at 11:51 p.m. (4:51 p.m. ET) in front of an ISIS court in Raqqa. Citing a source in ISIS’ de facto capital, the same group said that ISIS militants then ringed that vehicle and two others that had been struck to prevent anyone from getting closer.