Jihadi John was compassionate with orphans, protective of Muslims, and so generous toward his fellow militants that he once offered his personal concubine to an injured, unmarried friend.
At least, that’s the account offered in Tuesday’s edition of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s English-language magazine, which confirmed the notorious militant’s death in a drone strike in November. U.S. officials announced shortly after the strike that they were “reasonably certain” Jihadi John — whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi — had been killed, and Tuesday’s obituary corroborated those suspicions.
In the West, Emwazi gained notoriety after officials identified him to likely be the masked man who appeared in videos threatening — and then killing — British and American aid workers and journalists, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Both were held hostage by the Islamic State and then slowly beheaded on camera by who is believed to be Emwazi. The graphic videos soon became a gruesome calling card of sorts for the group.