A US airstrike is believed to have killed a British citizen who rose to prominence within the Islamic State, officials have told the Guardian.

The Birmingham-born Junaid Hussain, who adopted the nom de guerre Abu Hussain al-Britani, had been a key figure within ISIS’ so-called “Cyber Caliphate” before being killed in the strike in Syria, where he had travelled in 2013.

After the man known as “Jihadi John,” who beheaded captured westerners while speaking in British-accented English, Hussain is considered the most prominent UK citizen to have joined ISIS.

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