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White House Says ISIS Airstrike Shows Progress Against IS Leaders

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White House says airstrike shows progress against IS leaders White House says airstrike shows progress against IS leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the airstrike against Mohammed Emwazi is evidence that the U.S. is "making progress" in its campaign to target top-level Islamic State leaders.
    
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he cannot confirm whether the strike killed the militant known as "Jihadi John." He says the Pentagon has not yet made a final determination.
    
He says the operation was "consistent" with other operations aimed at top Islamic State leaders. He says President Barack Obama did not personally sign on the strike.
    
Earnest cast Emwazi as a major figure in the group. He describes Emwazi as a "strategist" and "intimately involved" in Islamic State efforts to use social media to radicalize and recruit followers.
    
 

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