Image from Independent
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One of the notoriously vicious and vocal members, also known as “Jihadi John”, of the Islamic State militant group may have been taken down by a drone airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. The pentagon made an announcement that British Citizen, Mohamed Emwazi, was dead but did not ascertain whether this was entirely true. However, some American government officials claimed that the authorities were pretty confident that Emwazi was dead.

Mr. Emwazi was a targeted man as he appeared masked in a couple of appalling execution videos in head-to-toe black apparel and yielding a knife. According to the United States Department of Defense, he participated in the gruesome murders of several people most notably: aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning from Britain and Abdul-Rahman Kassig from the  U.S. , journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley from the U.S. and Kenji Goto from Japan. Mohamed Shafiq, the executive director of The Ramadhan Foundation (a Muslim body based in Britain), took a non-sympathetic stance against Mr. Emwazi. He emphasized that the man deserved it because he was evil and it served as justice for all his victims.

Emwazi is fluent in English which is probably why he appeared in the propaganda videos. He did not appear in some of the videos released this year and American officials had discovered that he was in hiding near Raqqa. The assault was carried out and reports surfaced that four ISIS foreign fighters, in addition to a leader of British origin, were exterminated.

The British Premier, David Cameron, acknowledges the turn of events and communicated with the next of kin of those who had fallen victim to the terrorist. He also labeled the attack as an act of self defense. He went on to say that if the strike had really been as effective as reported, it would have struck at the nerve center of the organization. His office reported that Britain has been cooperating with America over the drone strike.

Mohammed Emwazi is of Kuwaiti origin whose close acquaintances believe he set of on his road to radicalization when he travelled to Tanzania in 2009. It was then that he received his first of his episodes of detentions by various authorities. He cried foul when British counterterrorism officials barred him from travelling to his native Kuwait, where he claimed to have found a new life. Some terrorism experts said that that incident stoked his extremism fire.