Report: ISIS Terrorist 'Jihadi John' Is Londoner From Well-to-Do Family
"Fox and Friends" reported this morning that the ISIS executioner known as "Jihadi John" has been identified.
The man's name is Mohammed Emwazi and he is from a well-to-do British family, according to The Washington Post.
Emwazi reportedly grew up in West London and graduated from college with a computer programming degree.
It's believed that he traveled to Syria and joined the Islamic State some time in 2012.
The masked terrorist appeared in a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, and then appeared in subsequent execution videos released by ISIS.
Previous reports indicated that the masked man went by the nickname "John" and some hostages in Syria even called their British-sounding captors "The Beatles."
The Washington Post reported:
“I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” said one of Emwazi’s close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I am sure it is him.”
A representative of a British human rights group who had been in contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria also said he believed Emwazi was Jihadi John, a moniker given to him by some of the hostages he once held.
“There was an extremely strong resemblance,” Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group, CAGE, said after watching one of the videos. “This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person.”