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ISIS confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’ in U.S. airstrike

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A man with a British accent seen in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages was identified Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner, according to two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources briefed on the matter. The Washington Post and Reuters, citing the newspaper, earlier reported that Emwazi is "Jihadi John," citing one of Emwazi's close friends.

RAQQA, Syria – After U.S. forces said they were confident that an airstrike killed the man known as ‘Jihadi John’ last year, it is now confirmed.

ISIS confirmed the death of ‘Jihadi John, whom Western officials identified as Mohammed Emwazi, in the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine.

In November, U.S. officials said they were confident that an airstrike by a drone killed Emwazi.

Emwazi appeared in a series of brutal execution videos, taunting Western leaders in a British accent.

Emwazi participated in the videos showing the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and a number of other hostages, the Pentagon said.

The confirmation on Tuesday was the first time ISIS had addressed the militant’s death.

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