British intelligence sources have identified the man known as “Jihadi John,” seen on camera beheading several hostages on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including two Americans. He has staged six killings altogether.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the name of the man who killed six people on camera, including American James Foley, is Mohammed Emwazi. Emwazi was born in Kuwait, grew up in West London, and has a degree in computer programming from the University of Westminster.
Emwazi reportedly traveled from London to Syria in 2012 and joined up with ISIS sometime thereafter. Reporter Steven Erlanger detailed how Emwazi became radicalized:
Mr. Emwazi apparently became radicalized after being detained by the authorities after a flight with friends to Tanzania in 2009 for a safari after graduation. He was held and accused by British intelligence officers of trying to make his way to Somalia.
Friends of his told The Post that Mr. Emwazi and two others – a German covert to Islam named Omar and another man Abu Talib – never made it to the safari. On landing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2009, they were detained by the police and held overnight before eventually being deported, they said.
This is a list of people Emwazi has killed, on video or otherwise:
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- American journalist James Foley
- American journalist Steven Sotloff
- British aid worker David Haines
- British taxi driver Alan Henning
- American Peter Kassig
He also appeared on video with two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, not long before they were killed. A spokeswoman for the British Embassy issued a statement to The Post:
Our prime minister has been clear that we want all those who have committed murder on behalf of ISIL to face justice for the appalling acts carried out. There is an ongoing police investigation into the murder of hostages by ISIL in Syria. It is is not appropriate for the government to comment on any part of it while this continues.
h/t: The New York Times
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