U.S. Air Strikes Target ‘Jihadi John’

U.S. Air Strikes Target ‘Jihadi John’

A British terrorist going by the nickname “Jihadi John” was targeted by U.S. air strikes on Thursday. A military source says that he had been killed in the Raqqa strike, with a “high degree of certainty.” It has sparked debate over whether it was the right thing to do.

“Jihadi John” was a notable ISIS member, born in Kuwait but raised in Britain, featured in a number of execution videos. His real name was Mohammed Emwazi. One of those was of Scottish aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister spoke outside Number 10 Downing Street to say that the targeted strike was “the right thing to do.”

The U.K. and U.S. have been working together “literally around the clock” to track down the terrorist. Cameron went on to say that the successful attack would strike the heart of the militant group. “Jihadi John” was the lead execution, killing many Muslims as well as people from the Western world.

U.S. aid workers and journalists have also been victims of Emwazi. James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Abdul-Rahman Kassig will always be remembered. There have been many other hostages, the Pentagon says. A friend of another British aid worker, Alan Hennings, says that the death of the terrorist has not brought anything but sadness. It has reminded her and the family of the loss, and the ongoing issues in Syria. The Pentagon is still to confirm that Emwazi has definitely been killed in the targeted air strikes. Military officials are certain he has, leading to the debate over whether it really was the right thing to do. British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says that it would have been better to bring him to court to answer for his crimes rather than kill him. This has sparked debate across social media. Many agree that while it would have possibly helped gain more justice for his crimes, it was not as simple as going into the Middle East to arrest him. Corbyn went on to say that it highlights the need to escalate international efforts to bring the Syrian conflict to an end.

Sources:

CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/middleeast/jihadi-john-airstrike-target/

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34805924

The Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jihadi-john-jeremy-corbyn-says-6825023

Image from ITV Twitter Feed (https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/665158439677595648)


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