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Thursday, 26 February 2015

The ISIS Executioner Has Been Unmasked. Real Name Is Mohammed Emwazi Grew Up in London Before Becoming 'Islamic State Killer'

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The Islamic State executioner known as 'Jihadi John' was today named as a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria despite being on an MI5 terror watch list. Mohammed Emwazi, of Queen's Park, west London, was allegedly spoken to three times in one year by police and security services in Tanzania, the Netherlands and Britain. 

The 26-year-old, who studied computer programming at the University of Westminster, is said to have travelled to the Middle East three years ago and later joined ISIS. Tonight, the daughter of David Haines, one of the killer's beheading victims, has said she would only 'feel closure and relief once there's a bullet between his eyes'. Bethany Haines (right) lost her father when he was brutally executed by Emwazi. 

The 44-year-old Scottish aid worker (pictured with his executioner) was seized in Syria in 2013, and then murdered on video last September. Pictured left is Emwazi's west London home today.


The daughter of one of Jihadi John's victims said her family will not rest until there is a bullet between the killer's eyes as his identify was revealed for the first time today.
The Islamic State executioner was today named as Mohammed Emwazi, a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria despite being on an MI5 terror watch list.
Emwazi, of Queen's Park, west London, was allegedly spoken to three times in one year by police and security services in Tanzania, the Netherlands and Britain.
The 26-year-old, who studied computer programming at the University of Westminster, is said to have travelled to the Middle East three years ago and later joined ISIS.
Tonight, the daughter of David Haines, one of the killer's beheading victims, has said she would only 'feel closure and relief once there's a bullet between his eyes'.
Bethany Haines lost her father when he was brutally executed by Emwazi. The 44-year-old Scottish aid worker was seized in Syria in 2013, and then murdered last September.
She welcomed the fact Emwazi's name had now been made public and said: 'It's a good step but I think all the families will feel closure and relief once there's a bullet between his eyes.'
The 17-year-old told ITV News she did not blame the security services for not preventing her father's murder and added: 'If they'd known his name earlier they could've stopped him going - but they can't and once he's captured I think there will be a lot of happy faces.'
Emwazi has also featured in the execution videos of British aid worker Alan Henning, U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.
His identity was confirmed this afternoon by two U.S. government sources. Whitehall sources meanwhile told MailOnline that Emwazi had been known to security services for at least weeks, probably months, but had not made public his identity because the priority was trying to find him.
Arabic speaker Emwazi has one brother and two sisters, and first moved to Britain aged six. 
The son of a minicab driver, he was reported to have occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, south-east London. 
A source who claims to have met with Emwazi in Syria told Channel 4 news that they believed Emwazi initially joined the Migrants Brigade or Mujahideen in 2012. 
Emwazi was believed to have been based in Syria's Idlib Province and then outside Aleppo, before going on to join Al-Nusra and finally ISIS.
The source described him as personable, sometimes light-hearted but also determined that jihadi fighters were seen in the media as people to be afraid of.  
They also described Emwazi as a keen video games player, and a martial arts practitioner.
Ominously, they also described an occasion when Emwazi - as one of the best Arabic speakers in the brigade of foreign fighters - led the interrogation of a man who was questioned before being badly beaten. 
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Victim: David Haines (left) was killed by 'Jihadi John' last September. Tonight, his daughter Bethany (right) said families would only feel closure once 'there was a bullet his eyes'Victim: David Haines (left) was killed by 'Jihadi John' last September. Tonight, his daughter Bethany (right) said families would only feel closure once 'there was a bullet his eyes'
Victim: David Haines (left) was killed by 'Jihadi John' last September. Tonight, his daughter Bethany (right) said families would only feel closure once 'there was a bullet his eyes'
Home: Minicab driver's son Emwazi - who has three siblings - most recently lived at a flat in Queen's Park
Home: Minicab driver's son Emwazi - who has three siblings - most recently lived at a flat in Queen's Park
On the scene: Police officers near the property where Emwazi once lived in Queen's Park, west London
On the scene: Police officers near the property where Emwazi once lived in Queen's Park, west London

After graduating from university in May 2009, Emwazi flew to Tanzania with friends apparently on a safari - but was arrested by police upon landing in Dar es Salaam and sent back to Britain.
En route he stopped in Amsterdam, where he claimed to have been accused by an MI5 officer of trying to reach Somalia, home of the militant group Al Shabaab. 
Emwazi claimed to have been harassed and intimidated by security services - and even complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
He alleged an agent from MI5 knew 'everything about me; where I lived, what I did, and the people I hanged around with' and claimed the organisation attempted to 'turn' him to work for them.

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