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Reaper Drones Spot Islamic State’s Jihadi John & Hostages in Orange Jumpsuits in Raqqa, Syria

In Archive, Drones, ISIS, Islamic State, Jihadi John, Syria, Terrorism on October 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM




The Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John has been tracked by drones flying over the Syrian city of Raqqa – but British Special Forces chiefs fear a ‘kill or capture’ mission there would end in bloody failure, sources disclosed last night.

Reaper drones deployed high above the terrorists’ strongholds are also believed to have identified hostages wearing orange jumpsuits but top brass are thought to have currently ruled out a rescue operation because IS defences are too strong.

Special Forces bosses have advised the Ministry of Defence that a sustained bombing campaign lasting several weeks would be preferable.

‘On the basis of our current advice there is very little chance of the Prime Minister signing off a rescue bid. The prospect of success has got to be 100 per cent or thereabouts, and at the moment it is nowhere near that. And for now there are not many other options on the table.

‘While sightings of Jihadi John are useful, as was establishing his identity, we are still a long way off getting a hit on him. Right now a raid would be suicidal.’

Drones expert Mike Gething, editor of Jane’s Electro-Optic Systems, confirmed that a Reaper could pick out hostages’ jumpsuits ‘providing it knew where to look and its line of sight was not obscured’.

He added that if terrorists looked directly into the sky they could be identified.

The US Air Force has more than 100 MQ-9 Reaper drones at its disposal, though how many have been sent to Syria is unknown.

The drone has a maximum range of 5,300 miles and can fly for up to 32 hours at 207mph.

Its image sensors are inside its nose cone and a ‘Gorgon Stare’ wide area surveillance system, used in missions over Afghanistan, can also be fitted.

  1. […] in early 2014, the hostages were moved to a prison in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital, where they were visited often by the trio. They appeared […]


  2. […] source added that Jihadi John does not live in Raqqa, but in Al Bukamal, a small desert town which borders […]


  3. Reblogged this on Reality Check and commented:
    Needs to end in a bloody failure for the criminals.


  4. Reblogged this on The Cryptosphere and commented:
    God help me when I am reblogging the Daily Mail, but whoever they have on this story is rocking it. Note they confirm the American claim that Jihadi John has been positively identified; they do so without identifying him. Almost certainly because he still has relatives in the UK, and they fear backlash or possibly they fear that his example will inspire real-life friends.


  5. […] UPDATE 10/05/2014 Reaper Drones Spot Islamic State’s Jihadi John & Hostages in Orange Jumpsuits in Raqqa, Syria […]


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