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James Foley

Military: US 'reasonably certain' Jihadi John is dead

The U.S. military is "reasonably certain" its drone strike in Syria killed the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages.

But families of the hostages brutally killed last year said his presumed death is little solace.

Army Col. Steve Warren, U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, told reporters Friday that officials had been following Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British citizen, for some time.

"The intelligence indicators that we had gave us great confidence that this individual was Jihadi John and when the opportunity presented itself — with the...