By Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman. The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.
But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have 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.”
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 when shown one of the videos and asked to confirm whether Emwazi could be “Jihadi John.” (Read more about ‘Jihadi John’ HERE)
3 NYC Men Charged in Plot to Join ISIS, Kill Obama
By Jamie Schram, Larry Celona, Selim Algar and Chris Pere. Three America-hating extremists who live in Brooklyn were busted Wednesday in a wide-ranging terror plot that included joining ISIS, killing President Obama, hijacking an airplane and bombing Coney Island, federal officials said.
One of the men was grabbed at JFK Airport attempting to board a 12:30 a.m. flight to Ukraine en route to Turkey, where he allegedly planned to sneak across the border into Syria and become an Islamic State terrorist.
Kazakh national Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, “tried to resist a little bit,” but was quickly overpowered by about 20 members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force who confronted him at the jetway, sources said.
Another defendant, Uzbeki native Abdulrasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, had a plane ticket to Turkey for March 29. He was busted at his home in Brooklyn.
The third man, Arbor Habibov, 30, an illegal alien from Uzbekistan, was arrested in Florida, one of several states where he runs shopping-mall kiosks that sell kitchenware and repair cellphones, according to the feds. (Read more from this story HERE)