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Holder Vows to Capture, Kill 'Jihadi John' From Beheading Videos

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:31 AM

President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged to kill or capture the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who is pictured in videos beheading several hostages including Americans.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. has been “thinking about” and “working on” an effort to “hold accountable” the man, who was identified by the Washington Post Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old from London.

“I think there is something to be said for holding accountable [and] getting at the people who are responsible for these barbaric acts,” Holder said in an interview with ABC News broadcast Friday.

On Thursday, Obama said in a televised interview with KOMO- TV in Seattle that his effort to combat Islamic State fighters includes a mission to bring the man to justice.

“Any time any American is harmed anywhere in the world, the United States government is going to to be going after that person,” Obama said. “And eventually, if you hurt an American, you’re going to be brought to justice in some fashion.”

Both Obama and Holder declined to confirm the identity of the masked militant or comment on the specific case.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials had “zeroed in on an individual” at the end of 2014 by working with British allies and that “the investigation is one that we are pursuing rather aggressively.”

“The United States’ commitment and the president’s commitment to ensuring that we find and hold accountable the terrorists who are responsible for the murders of American citizens has never been stronger,” Earnest said.


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