ISIS has confirmed the death of “Jihadi John” — aka Mohammed Emwazi, aka Abu Muharib al-Muhajir — in the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine.
Emwazi, a British citizen, 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.
U.S. officials said in November that they were reasonably certain the English-speaking voice of the terror group had been killed in a targeted drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS’ de facto capital.
As the masked face of ISIS, Jihadi John was featured in a series of videos, dressed head-to-toe in black — his eyes and voice his lone revealing features — and holding a knife.
Earlier this month, a British-sounding militant appeared in a chilling propaganda video from ISIS. The speaker’s accent and dress brought to mind Jihadi John, and the latter’s absence lent credence to Western intelligence agencies’ belief that he was indeed dead.
The confirmation in Dabiq was the first time ISIS had addressed the militant’s death.
The magazine also published an image of Jihadi John with his face unmasked, along with an obituary.