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ISIS 'Jihadi John' believed dead from U.S. drone strike

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The ISIS killer known as “Jihadi John” was targeted by a drone strike.

Jihadi John has gone to hell.

A U.S. drone strike most likely finally wiped the masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” off the face of the Earth, officials said Thursday.

“We are 99% sure we got him,” a senior U.S. military official told Fox News.

The air strike Thursday near Raqqa, Syria, targeted the 27-year-old barbaric British monster — but his death could not be verified early Friday, in part because he likely was vaporized.

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The Pentagon said in a statement that the military was “assessing the results” of the strike.

One unnamed official told ABC News the planned mission to take out John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was “flawless” and a “clean hit” with no collateral damage and that Emwazi “evaporated.”

“John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was born in Kuwait, but raised in London.

“John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was born in Kuwait, but raised in London.

Emwazi was believed to have been killed as he left a building to enter a vehicle.

The savage extremist has been a top target for Western officials since he appeared in a series of sickening, professional-looking propaganda videos for the Islamic terrorist group, including a 2014 clip showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

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A black-clad Emwazi soon became the familiar British-accented voice of terror.

The masked madman has not been seen by his family since 2013, when the jihadist told his parents he was moving to Syria to “deliver aid.”

In a video released in August, the ISIS spokesman pledged to return to London — to kill more British citizens.

"Jihadi John" is seen in a 2014 video with American journalist James Foley.Youtube

“Jihadi John” is seen in a 2014 video with American journalist James Foley.

“I will soon go back to Britain,” he said. “I will carry on cutting heads.”

Emwazi is also believed to have participated in the executions of American journalist Steven Sotloff; aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig; British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

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British officials had Emwazi on their list of potential terror suspects for years but were unable to prevent him from traveling to Syria.

His sadistic acts earned him a spot at the top of the kill list British leaders reportedly drew up before drone strikes took out three other terrorists in Syria in August.

Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, told ABC that Emwazi’s death would be “really a small solace to us.”

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American journalist James Foley was beheaded in a sick ISIS video.

“This huge effort to go after 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,” Foley said.

Sotloff’s mother, Shirley Sotloff, told NBC News she hadn’t been informed about the air strike.

“If they got him great,” she said. But “it doesn’t bring my son back.”

Emwazi attended school in London after moving with his family from Kuwait and studied computer science at the University of Westminster.

He first came to the attention of the British authorities in 2009, after he graduated from college.

Court documents from 2011 confirm Emwazi was on authorities’ radar, linked to a group involved in gathering money and equipment “for terrorism-related purposes” in Somalia.

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“Jihadi John” stands next to Steven Sotloff in this still image from a video obtained from SITE Intel Group website on February 26, 2015.

He was among at least 12 people suspected of belonging to a network sympathetic to Somalia-based Al Shabab, the militant Islamist organization that pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda a year later.

That network also had links to would-be terrorists in London.

Emwazi was described by a former hostage as a bloodthirsty psychopath who especially enjoyed threatening Western hostages.

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa, who was held in Syria for more than six months after being abducted in September 2013, said Emwazi would explain in gory detail how the militants would carry out a beheading.

Captives being held by three British-sounding captors nicknamed them “the Beatles,” Espinosa said. 

With News Wire Services 

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