The face of ISIS, the man seen on video beheading three U.S citizens, was the target of a successful U.S airstrike. His fate is still unclear.
Mohammed Emwazi has participated in numerous propaganda videos showing the killings of Westerners, including American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, officials said.
A senior U.S. official told NBC News that the Kuwait-born British citizen was directly “targeted” by the strike in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, on Thursday night.
“There is no vengeance, but there is accountability,” said the official, who stressed that “we are still assessing and not confirming” whether Emwazi had been killed.
A senior U.S. counter-terrorism official also told NBC News early Friday that there was “no definitive proof yet that he was killed.”
I mean this is getting old. What other reason could there be for a group that calls itself, The Islamic State, to kill people? Is this a requirement of Islam, that you capture innocent people then murder them if you cannot receive a ransom? And if it is a requirement, is it in the Quran?
The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State (IS) militants is hoping his son could still be alive.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the video apparently showing the killing of 42-year-old adventurer Haruna Yukawa was likely authentic and demanded the militants release the other hostage, reporter Kenji Goto, 47.
But Mr Yukawa’s father Shoichi Yukawa said he was “hoping deep in my heart” his son was still alive.
“My mind went totally blank,” he told reporters on Sunday, a day after news broke of the video footage. “I am hoping deep in my heart that it is not true.”
IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had threatened to behead Mr Yukawa and Mr Goto unless it received a $200 million ransom.
“If I am ever reunited with him, I just want to give him a big hug,” Mr Yukawa told Japanese TV.
We didn’t need anymore proof that ISIS was ruthless, or sub-human, but trying to sell the remains of a decapitated James Foley further shows that we are not dealing with human beings here, but some rather a group of cold-hearted and disgusting creature.
Three sources in contact with ISIS or its associates told BuzzFeed News that it wants to sell the remains of James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose August death was the first in a series of high-profile executions of Western hostages by ISIS hands.
They said ISIS wants $1 million for Foley’s body, which it would deliver across the border to Turkey, and that the group was willing to provide a DNA sample to facilitate a deal.
If true, the attempted sale would highlight the ruthlessness behind the hostage-taking enterprise that has provided ISIS with deep reservoirs of funds and publicity — as well as the group’s cold calculation as it works to raise more cash.
CNN reports that militants claim to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig in a video published to the Internet on Sunday, purportedly from terror group ISIS.
The video shows the aftermath of a beheading, in which the victim is not clearly recognizable. CNN has not been able to confirm the authenticity of the video nor the identity of the victim.
Kassig, 26, who converted to Islam in captivity, also went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.
He went to the Middle East as a U.S. soldier and returned as a medical worker, feeling compelled to help victims of war.
He did aid work in Syria, where he was captured. He was held hostage for over a year.
Kassig’s parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, acknowledged the reports of their son’s death in a statement and said they would wait for government confirmation of their authenticity. They asked for privacy.
The threat from 42-year-old Christopher Perkins O’Brian of Maryland should be taken seriously. He was previously arrested and served time in prison for strangling and killing 32-year-old Katherine Randolph White in her home.
O’Brian was so pompous, so angry with the President and his family, that he sent his threat to the First Family via the White House’s website and included his phone number in the threat.
According tot he Federal case against him, on October 16th, O’Brian wrote his threat.
“You stupid n——, between ISIS, homegrown terrorists/beheaders here in the USA, and now your inaction on EBOLA, do you want us all to f—— die?!?!,” O’Brien wrote, according to charging documents. “I cannot wait to take out your worthless n—— ass, hope to reach out to slash Michele’s throat… You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland.”
A U.S. Secret Service agent called O’Brien on a phone number he included in the message, according to court papers filled out by agent Mark Gaskins. Then a pair of agents visited O’Brien at his home and read the email to him, Gaskins wrote. At first O’Brien said he could not recall making any threat, but then changed his story, according to Gaskins.
O’Brien admitted sending the email but then said he would never hurt the president or his family. O’Brien added he was too ill to carry out the threat, according to Gaskins.
“He also expressed regret in sending the email and stated that he was embarrassed,” the agent wrote.
O’Brien appeared in court Thursday, according to records, and agreed to be detained. He was assigned a federal public defender, who declined to comment on Saturday. No one answered the phone number he included in the email threat or at another listed for him in Annapolis.
In yet another online video, another ISIS beheading is seen. Alan Henning, the British citizen held captive by the Islamic group was murdered over the weekend, the fourth of such gruesome display, done by ISIS in the name of Islam.
In the video, the masked killer with the now familiar British accent and common mannerism spoke about the recent bombings in Iraq and Syria, and warned President Obama that the murders will continue as the bombings continue.
“Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Sham (Syria), which keeps on striking our people, so it is only right that we continue to strike the necks of your people,” the masked militant in the video said.
In a statement, the British Foreign Officer said that they are working to verify the beheading, and are offering all support to Alan Henning’s family.
“If true, this is a further disgusting murder,” the officer’s statement said. “We are offering the family every support possible; they ask to be left alone at this time.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Henning’s apparent slaying showed “how barbaric and repulsive these terrorists are.”
“Alan had gone to Syria to help get aid to people of all faiths in their hour of need,” Cameron said in a statement. “The fact that he was taken hostage when trying to help others and now murdered demonstrates that there are no limits to the depravity of these … terrorists.
“We will do all we can to hunt down these murderers and bring them to justice.”
“This suspect was angry about some sort of incident that happened at the business,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department said. “These women really had nothing to do with that. He was just acting out against them. They are the first people he came in contact with.”
Alton Nolen, who recently converted to Islam and was actively trying to convert his fellow co-workers, was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. Shortly after being fired, Nolen returned to the location and brutally beheaded the first person he saw, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.
The 30-year-old Nolen then brutally and repeatedly stabbed another woman 43-year-old Traci Johnson, before he was shot by Mark Vaughan, the Chief Operating officer at Vaughan Foods.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Lewis said of Mark Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Nolen did not know either victim.
“They just happened to be in his way as he came in upset,” Lewis said.
Nolen was taken to a nearby hospital and expected to survive, police said. He has not yet been charged with a crime.
Johnson was in stable condition and also expected to recover.