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ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ identified, U.S. officials say

By Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

(CNN)His voice became hauntingly familiar as the masked man with a British accent who appeared repeatedly in brutal beheading videos from ISIS.

But the identity of “Jihadi John” remained a mystery — until Thursday, when two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources confirmed it.

The man, the officials said, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner.

The officials, who’ve been briefed on the matter, spoke to CNN after a Washington Post reportfirst revealed Emwazi’s identity.

Emwazi is believed to have traveled to Syria in 2012, according to the newspaper, and later to have joined ISIS there.

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