British terrorist “Jihadi John” has reportedly left ISIS, fearing for his life after being identified six months earlier as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner from a well-to-do family.
Jihadi John left because the terrorist organization might drop him “like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them,” according to a source for the British news outlet, the Daily Express. The Daily Express report has not been confirmed by government sources or other news outlets.
Born Mohammed Emwazi, he initially gained international notoriety both personally, and for the terrorist organization, after a video was released by Islamic State in August 2014, showing him beheading American journalist James Foley.
“We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” Diane Foley wrote on her son’s Facebook page who was killed after two years in captivity. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Mr. Emwazi is now wanted for murder by the United States and Britain for killings journalists and aid workers Foley, Stephen Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning, and Peter Kassig, among others.
The last video that the Kuwaiti-born 26-year-old was featured in depicted the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto over six months ago. The Daily Express speculates that Emwazi may be working with “a less well-known jihadist group somewhere in Syria, to try to keep a low profile.”