Police and family and friends have finally identified the infamous ‘Jihadi John’, the masked man with a British accent who is frequently shown as the face of ISIS in their beheading videos, as Mohammed Emwazi.
Jihadi John was a moniker given to him by some of the hostages he once held that stemmed from Emwazi’s terrorist group that is named “The Beatles.”
When he arrived in Syria, he was assigned the duty of guarding Western hostages along with 2 other ISIS militants from England, and the hostages nicknamed the trio “John,” “Paul” and “Ringo” and collectively called them “The Beatles” because of their accents.
Ringo Starr highly disapproved, saying ISIS is against everything The Beatles stand for- peace and love.
The true identity of the ISIS killer has been known as long ago as last September to security officials, but it has only been released last week. The FBI, Britain’s MI5 and other intelligence agencies used a combination of voice recognition software, interviews with former hostages and on-the-ground research in London to figure out who was ‘Jihadi John’.
Originally, Jihadi John was believed to possibly be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L Jinny, a British-Egyptian amateur rapper from West London.
However, new information has come to light recently in conflicting reports confirming Mohammad Emwazi to be Jihadi John instead of the former U.K. rapper, although Bary is still a wanted terrorist.
26-year-old Mohammed Emwazi was born in Kuwait, but grew up in West London with his middle class family.
He graduated from the University of Westminster in 2009 with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have secretly traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize.
“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.”
Emwazi’s family moved from Kuwait to London 20 years ago, when Emwazi was 6 years old, in order to afford him a comfortable life and an education. The family settled in North Kensington, in the west of the capital, which is an area that has produced a number of violent jihadis.
Despite friends’ descriptions of a polite and quiet man not capable of violence, Emwazi’s links to extremist groups appear to have been long-standing, and he was well known to counterterrorism officials in London before he went to Syria.
In August 2009, Emwazi embarked on a trip to Tanzania, telling friends it was a “safari trip”, but the British Intelligence Agency, MI5, and the Tanzanian authorities believed he was seeking to make contact with the al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia.
Emwazi was refused entry to the country by armed members of Tanzania’s security forces who told them they were acting on behalf of the British government, according to a series of emails exchanged between Emwazi and Cage, a London-based so-called human rights group that has been accused of being “apologists for terrorists” after they stated that Emwazi is the real victim since he no alternative but to join ISIS after he was ‘harassed’ by security.
After he was denied entry into Tanzania, he was then put on a plane to the Netherlands and was allegedly accused of wanting a flight to Somalia. He was allowed to return back to London.
In 2010, he moved to Kuwait for a computer programming job, and he returned to London twice, once to finalize wedding plans to a woman he met in Kuwait. The second time, when he tried to return to the Middle East the next day, he was detained and questioned by police, eventually being told that his visa was cancelled and he was not allowed to board a flight to Kuwait.
Emwazi revealed in emails that he may have been suicidal before leaving Britain for Syria, saying that he sometimes felt like ” a dead man walking” and considered taking too many sleeping pills and sleeping forever as a way to get away from British security service scrutiny.
It is also revealed by media reports that Emwazi was part of a terrorist cell that was behind the failed bomb attack in London on July 21, 2005.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the country’s security services amid criticism they failed to stop Emwazi, from joining ISIS in Syria. On Friday, he vowed to hunt down the executioner and put him “out of action”.
The whereabouts of the real Jihadi John is being conducted discreetly as to not risk any of the hostages’ lives. Therefore, his known friends and family members were not questioned.