Jihadi John, the ISIS propaganda front man who beheaded more than half a dozen captives on camera, is dead courtesy of the United States Air Force.
“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Nov. 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.
“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.”
When pressed to confirm the Jihadi John’s death in the airstrike, Cook said: “We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”
But senior military officials spoke to multiple media outlets confirming the strike. An official told ABC News that the strike was “flawless” and that a “clean hit” had “evaporated” Jihadi John with no civilian casualties.
But the parents of journalists beheaded by the ISIS leader responded to media jubilation with a cold dose of reality.
Journalist Steven Sotloff’s mother was informed of the airstrike by local media and had this to say: “If they got him great. But it doesn’t bring my son back.”
Diane Foley, the mother of beheaded journalist James Foley, added her thoughts to the conversation for ABC News:
“This huge effort to go after the this deranged man filled with hate when they can’t make half that effort to save the hostages while these young Americans were still alive.”