The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that US forces carried out an airstrike in Syria targeting Emwazi, the Isis terrorist known as “Jihadi John” after appearing in gruesome propaganda videos depicting the beheadings of eight hostages.
But one unnamed defence official said the savage fighter “evaporated” after a “flawless” strike.
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The insider said the US drone strike came after “persistent surveillance” – claiming that authorities knew it was Emwazi when they struck.
While the UK Government said it has been “working hand in glove” with America “to hunt down those murdering hostages” in ISIS.
A total of 14 airstrikes struck the war-torn city between 11:15pm and midnight, with one of the first targeting a car near the Raqqa Islamic court, according to activists.
The area was then closed off by ISIS militants to prevent anyone from entering.
A senior US defence official also said: “We are 99 per cent sure we got him. We were on him for some time.”
While a senior military source said there is a “high degree of certainty” the notorious killer was hit by the strike after being “tracked carefully over a period of time”, according to the BBC.
But the Pentagon insists it is still assessing the outcome of the operation.
Pentagon Press secretary Peter Cook said: “US forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on November 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John’.
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”
Three other foreign jihadis are said to have also been hit when the drone struck Emwazi’s vehicle, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The group’s director Rami Abdulrahman said: “A car carrying four foreign Islamic State leaders, including one British Jihadi was hit by US airstrikes right after the governorate building in Raqqa city.”
“All the sources there are saying that the body of an important British Jihadi is lying in the hospital of Raqqa. All the sources are saying it is of Jihadi John but I cannot confirm it personally.”