President Vladimir Putin is racing against the UK and the US to hunt down the vile murderer, who is responsible for the brutal beheadings of Americans and Britons in taunting videos.
Capturing the 27-year-old, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has become the Kremlin boss’s main priority as it would be a huge propaganda coup.
Russian interest will put mounting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron’s, who bid to track down the sick jihadist ‘dead or alive”.
The revelation comes as Russia launched its bombing campaign in war-torn Syria two weeks ago in a bid to wipe out the evil terror group.Russian military chiefs claimed to have bombed 49 ISIS targets in just one day of airstrikes.
But the US and Britain have accused Mr Putin of only looking to prop up Assad’s regime and say the vast majority of strikes are actually hitting moderate rebels including the Syrian Free Army.
And this alliance could aid Moscow in beating their Western rivals to capturing Jihadi John, who brutally beheaded British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines in vile propaganda videos.
A US security source said: “Because the Russians have been invited into Syria by the regime it is easier for them to carry out special forces snatch or kill operations.