Exclusive: Mohammed Emwazi, the British jihadist killed in a US drone strike, married and had a son in Syria
Jihadi John, the Isil terrorist killed in a drone strike in Syria, secretly fathered a son who is automatically entitled to British citizenship and could be brought to live in the UK, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
Mohammed Emwazi, the real name of the Briton whose identity was finally confirmed by David Cameron, was “evaporated” by a Hellfire missile fired from a US Reaper drone after British intelligence analysts located him in the Isil headquarters of Raqqa.
The Prime Minister described the operation as “a strike at the heart” of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, adding that it was an “act of self-defence” and “the right thing to do”.
A British drone, operated from Lincolnshire, was involved in the US-led operation but did not fire the fatal missile. There were unconfirmed reports that a second British jihadi had also been killed in the same attack.
The White House said that the families of Jihadi John’s victims in Syria were told about the plan before the operation was carried out.
Bethany Haines, whose father David was one of two British hostages beheaded on camera by Emwazi, said she felt “an instant sense of relief” at being told he was dead, knowing that “he wouldn’t appear in any more horrific videos”.
But it has emerged that the Home Office will be powerless to stop Emwazi’s Syrian-born son coming to live in Britain at some point in the future.
The identity and nationality of the boy’s mother is not known, but Home Office rules make it clear that he is already regarded as British, stating: “British citizenship may descend to one generation born abroad. So a child born abroad to a parent who is British…will automatically be British by descent.”
It means he would be entitled to a British passport and could come to live in the UK, though his mother, if she is from outside the EU, would have to apply for a visa to be allowed into the country.
Gordon Rayner (telegraph.co.uk)