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Infamous Masked Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Targeted in U.S. Drone Strike

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by 'Jihadi John.'

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ‘Jihadi John.’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The infamous masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” was targeted by a U.S. drone strike in Syrian on Thursday, but his fate was unknown this morning, USA Today reports. 

The militant, a British resident whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi, is believed to have beheaded several Western hostages in Syria.

The Pentagon was trying to determine whether Emwazi was in fact killed.

“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike . . . targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Thursday.

“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said.

The 26-year-old who gradated from the University of Westminster in London began appearing in beheading videos in August 2014.

‘Jihadi John’ Identified As London Resident with Computer Programming Degree

Mohammed Emwazi is shown here before the beheading of American war reporter James Wright Foley.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

His face covered in a black balaclava, “Jihadi John” is the menacing figure seen in Islamic State videos beheading several foreign hostages.

The New York Times reports this morning that the man has been identified as British resident Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming.

Emwazi first appeared on an ISIS video in August, when it appears he beheads American journalist James Foley.

He also showed up in videos of the beheadings of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff; the British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines; the British taxi driver Alan Henning; and the American aid worker Peter Kassig.

Authorities believe Emwazi was born in Kuwait and traveled in Syria in 2012.

FBI: We Know Identity of Masked Executioner Who Beheaded 2 American Journalists, British Aid Worker

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The masked executioner shown on video beheading two American journalists and a British aid worker has been identified by the FBI, the New York Daily News reports.

“I believe we have identified him,” Director James Comey said Thursday.

The FBI didn’t disclose the name of the militant, who has a British accent.

Jihadi John – as he’s been nicknamed – have been identified in some media outlets as a 23-year-old rapper named Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary.

His father, Adel Abdel Bary, was pleaded guilty last week of conspiring to kill Americans.

AG Eric Holder Pledges to Bring Justice in Case of Beheaded Journalist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The extremist from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will be held accountable for beheading American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, CBS DC reports.

“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said. “We have long memories and our reach is very wide and we will not forget what happened. People will be held accountable one way or another.”

What remains unclear is whether the U.S. will change its approach to handling American kidnappings.

“The president’s rhetoric was excellent, but he didn’t outline steps to stop the slaughter,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of Obama’s harshest foreign policy critics, said in a telephone interview. “The strategy should be to launch all-out air attacks in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL,” he said.

FBI Offers $20,000 Reward for Missing Wife of Beheaded Man in Georgia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to help solve a gruesome murder and abduction case in Georgia, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for leading to the discovery of the wife of an 88-year-old Georgia man who was found decapitated, CNN reports.

The FBI said it will pay “up to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Shirley Wilcox Dermond and/or the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance,” according to Special Agent Stephen Emmett of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

The search also continues for the man’s head after authorities said he was killed between May 2 and May 4.

The FBI posted at least 100 billboards with Dermond’s description throughout Georgia.

Convicted Terrorist Hysen Sherifi Faces New Charges He Plotted to Kill Witnesses Who Testified Against Him

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina man sentenced last month to 45 years in prison for his role in a homegrown terrorist plot, faces new charges that he tried to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses that testified against him, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Raleigh, N.C. resident Hysen Sherifi was charged Tuesday with nine counts.

Under the latest charges, he plotted with his younger brother and female friend to pay $5,000 to an FBI informant to carry out the beheadings, according to the indictment. The informant gave Sherifi fake photographs to try and prove the hits were confirmed, according to the Associated Press.

The younger brother and female friend were arrested last month.

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