OK, now that we know his name, can we drone his ass yet?
The Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ was today identified as a university graduate from London.
Mohammed Emwazi, 27, of Queen’s Park, west London, who studied computer programming at the University of Westminster, is believed to have travelled to Syria in 2012 and later joined ISIS.
Jihadi John has featured in the execution videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, aid worker David Haines, 22 Syrian soldiers and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
Arabic speaker Mr Emwazi, who first moved to Britain aged six, was said to have been raised in a middle-class family and occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, south-east London.
But after graduating in computing in 2009, he claimed to have been harassed and intimidated by the security services – and even complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mr Emwazi claimed an agent from MI5 knew ‘everything about me; where I lived, what I did, and the people I hanged around with’ and alleged that the agency attempted to ‘turn’ him to work for them.
One of Kuwait-born Mr Emwazi’s close friends identified him, telling a newspaper: ‘I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John. He was like a brother to me… I am sure it is him.’
And Asim Qureshi, research director a British human rights group Cage, who had been in contact with Mr Emwazi before he left for Syria, said he also believed the man was Jihadi John.
He told the Washington Post: ‘There was an extremely strong resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person.’
In what should come as a surprise to Team Obama, Emwazi had a job before joining up with the bloody death cult.
The Washington Post reported Mr Emwazi then moved to his native Kuwait and worked in IT, but he was detained by counter-terrorism officials in June 2010 upon a return trip to London.
Mr Emwazi’s most recent address was a flat in Leeve House, which is part of the Mozart Estate in Queen’s Park – an area that has seen shootings and gang-related troubles in the past four years.
In September, it was revealed Jihadi John was known to MI5 before he travelled to Syria to join ISIS. It was revealed security officials had identified him but his name and background were being kept secret to avoid jeopardising any hostage rescue missions.
Police and security agents said they also wanted to gather more information before raiding the homes of the fanatic’s family and friends.
If the authorities had any balls his family and friends would be deported or imprisoned, at the very least. It’s war, and time to play hardball with the scumbags.