‘Jihadi John’ horrified public, emboldened extremists

November 13, 2015 11:25 AM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Islamic State group militant known as “Jihadi John,” who was targeted in a U.S. drone strike, horrified the world with his brutal beheadings of hostages. But his videos, with sneering taunts of the West, served as a recruiting tool for those drawn to the dark, bloody world of extremism.

Mohammed Emwazi’s brown eyes peering out from a black mask and his London accent became the became the first contact many around the world had with the group, though the extremists carried out other mass killings, rapes and enslavements in their march across Iraq and Syria.

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