Final Isis pair from 'Beatles' murder squad are captured
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 4:56
Two British extremists believed to have been members of Islamic State's brutal executions group dubbed "The Beatles" have reportedly been captured.
A U.S. -British missile strike believed to have killed Emwazi, a British citizen of Arab origin, was months in preparation but came together at lightning speed in 2015 in the Syrian town of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials.
A statement confirmed they were suspected of the "detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees. and are thought to have links to the British terrorist often called Jihadi John".
The US State Department sanctioned Kotey in January 2017, saying he was a guard for the "Beatles" and "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electric shock and waterboarding".
Along with Mohammed Emwazi - the killer nicknamed Jihadi John - and Aine Davis, they are believed to have been part of a group named after the 60s band due to their English accents. The two men are among four members of the ISIS cell that captured, tortured and beheaded more than two dozen hostages including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. They said those discussions are private and no additional information would be given.
Unnamed US Officials said that Kotey and Elsheikh were captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which were fighting the last remaining pockets of IS fighters near the river Euphrates on the border between Iraq and Syria.
The SDF past year turned over another English-speaking IS captive to the U.S. forces.
The US Justice Department says they have considered transferring him to a third country - presumably Saudi Arabia - while US civil rights lawyers are battling to have his case transferred to US civilian courts. The four young men from west London, who were given their nickname by the hostages because of their British accents, were linked to a string of murders in Iraq and Syria.
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