Junaid Hussain from Birmingham was a key operator for the Islamic death cult and had targeted new recruits for the organisation.
The 21-year-old was said last month to have been number three on the Pentagon’s “kill list” of IS targets and is thought to have fled Britain to travel to Syria in 2013.
A strike specifically targeted Hussain while he was travelling in a vehicle in Syria, sources were said to have told CNN.
Sky News contacted Hussain and his jihadi wife using anonymous online messaging services. The pair sent detailed guidebooks, and suggested that the reporters form gangs and to create a British Islamic State over a long period.
He allegedly told the hack: “It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. InshAllah. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb.
“They think they can kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan then come back to the UK and be safe. We’ll hit them hard InshAllah.”
He had some form on the British hacker scene and was a member of TeaMpOisoN, a group which claimed responsibility for 1,400 hacks.
In 2012 he was jailed for six months after making hoax calls to a counter-terror hotline. He also admitted publishing Tony Blair’s address book a year earlier.