The White House have said the families of hostages killed in Syria were contacted about the strike which is believed to have killed Mohammed Emwazi before reports of it were made public.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said:
I can confirm that a number of families of hostages who have been killed in Syria were contacted in advance of public reports to let them know that this operation had taken place.
The IS militant known as "Jihadi John" always "knew he would die", a journalist who met the British terrorist said.Read the full story ›
Lucy Henning, the daughter of murdered Salford aid worker Alan, has been telling how she found out about her father's death on the internet.
Lucy, who's 18, gave an exclusive interview to ITV's Jeremy Kyle show. It was the first time she's spoken of her dad's murder.
This report from Sarah Rogers:
Friends and family of the murdered aid worker Alan Henning have been reacting to reports that the man believed to have killed him - the Isis fighter known as Jihadi John - has died in an American air strike.
A video showing Alan's murder appeared on the internet just over a year ago.
But other people who knew Alan said they would have preferred Jihadi John, otherwise known as Mohammed Emwazi, to have been taken alive.
From Alan Henning's home town of Eccles in Salford, our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reports:
The parents of beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff have said the reported death of their son's killer Mohammed Emwazi "doesn’t change anything".
Art and Shirley Sotloff said in a statement that action against the Islamic State militant was "too little too late" as their son was "never coming back".
This development doesn’t change anything for us; it’s too little too late. Our son is never coming back.
More importantly, today, we remember Steven’s remarkable life, his contributions and those of James Foley, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, Kayla Mueller, David Haines, Alan Henning, Kenji Goto, and everyone else who has suffered at the hands of ISIS.
The family of 'Jihadi John' victim James Foley have said news that their son's killer is believed to have died in a US-led drone attack brings them "very small solace" as "his death does not bring Jim back".
The murdered journalist's parents John and Diane Foley said:
It is a very small solace to learn that Jihadi John may have been killed by the U.S. government.
His death does not bring Jim back. If only so much effort had been given to finding and rescuing Jim and the other hostages who were subsequently murdered by ISIS, they might be alive today.
Our focus is on Jim’s life and all the good that he did in the world. We remain humble and proud of his unwavering commitment to give voice to the voiceless as a journalist, a teacher and a friend.
The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", who is believed to have been killed in a US-led airstrike, was targeted as he traveled in a car with his driver, a military official has confirmed.
Colonel Steve Warren told a press conference "they were in a car".
A US military official has described the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John as a "human animal" and said the world is "probably a better place" without him.
Colonel Steve Warren, the US's Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said in a Pentagon briefing:
He was a primary recruitment tool for the organisation.
We are all familiar with the ghastly videos, the absolute barbarism that he displayed at times against American citizens.
This guy was a human animal and killing him is probably making the world a bit of a better place.
The US military has confirmed that it is "reasonably certain" Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", was killed in a recent US led airstrike.
Colonel Steve Warren, the US's Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, said US military intelligence gave them "great confidence" Jihadi John was killed in the planned drone attack but further verification needed to be done.
Confirming Emwazi was "the only high-value individual" targeted in the Raqqa strike Col. Warren said the airstrike was a "significant blow" to Islamic State.
He said: "This was significant as Jihadi John was an Isil celebrity if you will, kind of the face of the organisation in many senses, so there's certainly I think a significant blow to their prestige of Isil. But Jihadi John wasn't a major tactical figure or operational figure."