'Jihadi John' Reportedly on the Run From ISIS

The British-raised Islamic State executioner may have felt he has become a burden on ISIS rather than an asset, Britain's Daily Express reports.

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Mohammed Emwazi, or 'Jihadi John,' in a video from February 2015.
Mohammed Emwazi, or 'Jihadi John,' in a video from February 2015.Credit: Reuters
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The British-raised terrorist and executioner known as 'Jihadi John' has reportedly fled for his life from his comrades of the Islamic State, Britain's Daily Express reported Monday.

26-year-old Mohammed Emwazi, it seems, fears both the U.S.-led coalition forces and his own comrades in ISIS, who think he has outlived his usefulness.

Emwazi reportedly fled Syria and Iraq a few weeks ago and was heading for North Africa, reported the Daily Express. It is also possible he has joined a different radical Islamic group fighting in Syria, and is keeping a low profile; a U.S. intelligence source was quoted as saying he was hiding in Libya.

'Jihadi John' was the British accented masked figure in a number of video clips in which British and American hostages held by ISIS were beheaded. He first appeared in a video in August 2014, dressed all in black with only his eyes exposed. His identity was revealed in February, but he has not been seen in any videos since January, leading some to speculate he may already be dead.

He is wanted by coalition forces for the murders of journalists Stephen Sotloff and James Foley, and aid workers David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig. He is also believed responsible for the killing of Japan’s Kenji Goto.

Whether other ISIS comrades are simply jealous of his notoriety, or whether he is considered to be too important a target for the coalition and being near him is now too dangerous, it seems that he is no longer wanted amongst his former comrades.

"If [ISIS] feel he is no longer of any use to them they would drop him like a stone or worse. So it is possible he will end up suffering the same fate as his victims," a source told the Express.

In February, British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to use all means at his disposal to hunt down terrorists, such as 'Jihadi John.'

Last Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that a longtime Al-Qaida operative and key figure in the so-called Khorasan Group, Muhsin al-Fadhli, was killed in a U.S. air strike while traveling in a vehicle in northwestern Syria in early July. Al-Fahdi, a former close confidant of Osama Bin Laden, has been credited with recruiting and radicalizing Jihadi John - and leading him to convert from Shia Islam to Sunni in 2007.

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