The infamous ‘Jihadi John’ who had stood alongside Western hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines, is named as Mohammed Emwazi, a Londoner under the watch of the British M15 for five years before he slipped into Syria.
Emwazi was a British computer programming student from a middle-class London family known to security services. At 26-years-old in 2014, he appeared, taunting the United States and other Western countries and Arab nations while threatening to kill the hostage in his charge in the videos.
US government sources had also confirmed that Jihadi John was Emwazi
ISIS-released hostages described Mohammed Emwazi as one of the three British jihadists guarding the Western hostages.
Emwazi first arrived in Britain at the age of 6. He was born in Kuwait and migrated early in 1994. He attended the University of Westminster and finished with a degree in computer programming. The M15 put him under the radar when he was in Amsterdam.
According to Emwazi’s interview transcription with Cage Research Director Asim Qureshi, the M15 had tried to recruit him and stopped him from travelling abroad. This had forced him to flee abroad without telling his family.
His family reported him as missing and British officials confirmed that their son had slipped into Syria during the civil war.