This is an intel coup, as this guy has been linked to multiple recruitment efforts in the West, as well as hacking and in person attacks.
Via NY Post:
A US drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker who had become one of ISIS’ top online recruiters.
The Wall Street Journal reported the death of Junaid Hussein late Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the operation. The officials said Hussein was killed by a targeted airstrike near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed “caliphate.”
Hussein was a native of Birmingham, England, who fled Britain for Syria in 2013 after serving prison time for hacking the email of a former aide to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and publishing Blair’s personal information online. Adopting the name Abu Hussain Al Britani, he repeatedly called for young, computer-literate Muslims to come to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS.
“You can sit at home and play call of duty or you can come here and respond to the real call of duty… the choice is yours,” Hussein tweeted in 2014, referencing the popular video game.
In recent months, officials told the Journal that Hussein had tried to use social media to recruit would-be jihadis to carry out attacks against US service personnel. The paper reported that Hussein would frequently post the names, addresses and photos of US troops on his Twitter feed and urge his followers to find the serviceman or servicewoman and kill him or her. US officials believe Hussein was also involved in plotting terror attacks over this past July 4 holiday.