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New Details: How the US Found and Killed Merciless Terrorist Jihadi John

New Details: How the US Found and Killed Merciless Terrorist Jihadi John
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By    |   Friday, 17 May 2019 12:21 PM

New details about how the U.S. tracked and killed the dreaded ISIS executioner and British militant dubbed Jihadi John have been revealed in a new documentary.

The show, airing Monday, says that the terrorist known for beheading innocent victims was incinerated by a drone strike afterhis beard and the way he walked  gave away his identity.

Reports that the ISIS terrorist, whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi, had died first emerged in 2015. It is known that he was killed in a "flawless" missile strike that "evaporated" him, U.S. officials said at the time, according to The Telegraph. Now the British Channel 4 documentary offers insight into what transpired that night.

U.S. forces were able to identify Emwazi by flying a drone at night over Raqqa, which was an ISIS stronghold at the time, Fox News reported. It was dark at the time so they relied on key traits to confirm their target was in fact him.

"You can't see his face but we could sort of see how he moved, the cut of his jib, so to speak. The angle of his beard, these things we could see," Colonel Steve Warren, who was the Pentagon spokesman at the time, says in the documentary. "Eventually we were convinced that this is Jihadi John. And so the floor commander at the time orders, 'Take the shot.' Within 15 seconds a missile obliterated Emwazi."

British intelligence agents first identified Emwazi after he appeared in the 2014 execution video of American journalist James Foley. Gen. Richard Barrons, former Commander Joint Forces Command who was involved in the operation, told the Daily Mail that they knew where Emwazi was and had drones out looking for him.

'We identified Emwazi very quickly after the execution videos he appeared in but finding him was much harder because we did not have any people on the ground in Raqqa," he said. "The tracking was all done electronically but eventually, it was his beard and the way he walked that gave him away."

Jihadi John’s beheading victims made him a target of U.S. forces, which spent a year looking for him. But the terrorist often surrounded himself with women and children, preventing the U.S. from taking him out.

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