US forces have carried out an air strike targeting the British Islamic State militant called “Jihadi John”, the Pentagon has said.
Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born militant that is British, was the goal of an assault near Raqqa.
A world-wide search were established for Emwazi after he was seen in videos of the beheadings.
The Pentagon said it was assessing whether Emwazi have been killed in the assault on Thursday.
A US official told the BBC the strike was on a vehicle considered to be carrying Emwazi, whom the official said had been “tracked carefully over an amount of time.”
The Associated Press news agency reported a US official saying a drone had been found in the attack.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said: “We are evaluating the results of tonight’s operation and provides additional advice as and where suitable.”
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “We are conscious of the US statement regarding the air strike targeting Mohammed Emwazi. Like them, we are not commenting further at this stage.”