Jihadi John, who is said to have performed the beheading of James Foley and two other Briton hostages, is seen without his mask for the first time in a new ISIS video. The executioner, who was identified in May as Mohammed Emwazi, vowed to come back in UK to carry on “cutting heads off.”
Jihadi John unmasked for the first time
Jihadi John’s face is revealed for the first time ever in a new video exclusively obtained by Daily Mail. In the excerpt of the video, Jihadi John is seen wearing black and a cap under his hood. He provokingly looked straight into the camera and uttered something that translated to a chilling message, saying “I will carry on cutting heads.”
According to the Daily Mail, the video was stolen by rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army. The fighters then sent the video to Abu Rashid in the Bulgarian capital Sofia who later sent it to an activist in Istanbul.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, the activist from Istanbul translated Jihadi John’s message. “I am Mohammed Emwazi. I will soon go back to Britain with the Khalifa” [the leader of Islamic State],” Jihadi John said in a video according to the activist’s translation.
“He said something more about cutting heads off. ‘We will kill the kuffar.’ Then the camera shows two masked men that looked like bodyguards,” the activists told the Daily Mail.
To verify the veracity of the video, Daily Mail had it analyzed by a film expert. The film expert, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are “a number of apparent similarities” of Jihadi John and the man in the new video.
“I have noted a number of apparent similarities in both the morphological and the proportional comparisons and in my opinion the images lend support to the contention that they are the same person,” the expert said. If indeed the man in the new video is Jihadi John unmasked, this would be enough of a basis for “an arrest being made in most cases and may get a conviction in court.”
Palmyra’s Baalshamin temple left in ruins by ISIS
Meanwhile, a Syrian antiquities chief confirmed that the ancient Palmyra’s Baalshamin temple has already been blown up into debris. The ISIS “placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baalshamin today [Sunday] and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple,” Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim was quoted as saying by AFP as reported by BBC.
“The cella (inner area of the temple) was destroyed and the columns around collapsed,” Abdulkarim said further.