This image made from militant video, which has been verified by SITE Intel Group and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John," holding a knife. (SITE Intel Group via AP)
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The U.S. military said on Friday it was "reasonably certain" a drone strike had killed Jihadi John, ISIS's "lead executioner" and a symbol of the militant group's brutality.British Prime Minister David Cameron said he could not yet confirm the death of Mohammed Emwazi, who had become known as Jihadi John after appearing in videos showing the killings of U.S. and British hostages.Experts said Emwazi's death would have symbolic importance but questioned whether it would have much impact on ISIS as he is not seen as a senior military figure.Emwazi took part in 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 other hostages.Obama had also promised justice after the deaths of American hostages, and the United States is seeking to increase pressure on ISIS fighters, who have seized parts of Syria and Iraq and who Obama has vowed to defeat.Experts said Emwazi's death may not make much difference to ISIS or to the struggle against radicalisation among some young British Muslims.
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