Mohammed Emwazi who grew up in a wealthy London household has been identified as the coward dressed in black seen in in ISIS videos beheading the likes of journalist James Foley; Steven J. Sotloff; the British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines; the
British taxi driver Alan Henning; and the American aid worker Peter
Jihad John has been identified by British security services as Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen from London.
Known in the news media as “Jihadi John,” he is said to have been born in Kuwait and traveled to Syria in 2012. His name was first published on Thursday on the website of The Washington Post.
“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.”
The friends, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, believe that Emwazi started to radicalize after a planned safari in Tanzania following his graduation from the University of Westminster.
Emwazi and two friends — a German convert to Islam named Omar and another man, Abu Talib — never made it on the trip. Once they landed in Dar es Salaam, in May 2009, they were detained by police and held overnight. It’s unclear whether the reason for the detention was made clear to the three, but they were eventually deported.
The story was confirmed by a senior British security official, who said that the British government had identified Mr. Emwazi some time ago but had not disclosed his name for operational reasons.
He grew up wealthy? But wait I though it was the poor non-Muslims looking for a job who became terrorists?