ISIS Confirms Jihadi John Is Dead

SITE Intel Group/Handout via Reuters

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015. Investigators believe that the masked killer known as "Jihadi John", who fronted Islamic State beheading videos, is Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. The British government and police refused to confirm or deny his identity, which was first revealed by the Washington Post, saying it was an ongoing security investigation.

ISIS confirmed that the man known as Jihadi John was killed on November 12th 2015 in the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine. U.S. intelligence officials said in November that they believed a Friday drone strike hit the man believed to be Mohammed Emwazi. In its article highlighting the most famous jihadi's death, ISIS referred to him as Abū Muhārib al-Muhājir.

The masked figure dubbed Jihadi John skyrocketed to worldwide infamy after he appeared in the execution video of American journalist James Foley. He is also believed to have executed Americans Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, as well as other western hostages.

"A side of Abū Muhārib that wasn’t witnessed except by those who knew him was his mercy, kindness, and gener-osity towards the believers, his protective jealousy for Islam and its people, and his affection towards the orphans," the obituary read. "Of the deeds that attest to his kindness and generosity is that after receiving a sabiyyah (concubine) as a gift he did not hesitate to give her away – likewise as a gift – to an unmar-ried injured brother."

Katie Zavadski