Mohammed Emwazi was a grade school student in London with a promising future ahead of him in 1995.
By 2014, he had become known as “Jihadi John,” a masked ISIS terrorist in Syria who internationalized his notoriety by broadcasting his beheadings of Western hostages on the internet.
From Oscar-nominated, BAFTA, and Emmy-winning director Anthony Wonke and BAFTA-winning producer and investigative journalist Richard Kerbaj, “Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist” examines what propelled Emwazi’s journey down a violent path despite U.S. and British authorities being aware of his extremism.
The film also highlights the self-declared operational failures by counter-terrorism officials as Emwazi became ISIS’s chief executioner and propagandist.
Emwazi’s brutality is illustrated through harrowing, first-hand accounts from his surviving hostages, and the collaboration between the world’s leading intelligence agencies, including the CIA and UK intelligence agents, who ultimately tracked him down and ended his life.
“Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist” premieres July 31 on HBO.
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