Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Last Two ISIS 'Beatles' Captured in Syria

Last Two ISIS 'Beatles' Captured in Syria

The most notorious of the four was Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John", an executioner of hostages made famous by Islamic State videos of beheadings.

Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State group (IS) cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, USA officials say.

Kotey and Elsheikh were the last two still at large.

The four, all from London, were nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their British accents.

The Syrian Democratic Forces caught Alexandar Amon Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh - who were part of the cell of four militants responsible for killing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in Syria, the officials said.

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Emwazi, who was killed in a USA air strike in 2015, appeared in a number of videos in which captives including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were beheaded.

The Syrian fighters who apprehended them told USA officials in mid-January that the two may have been captured, and the men's identities were later confirmed using fingerprints and other biometric data.

The US official did not give any information on the condition of the two or what would happen to them.

United States security services said Mr Kotey was responsible for recruiting several volunteers for Isis while Mr Elsheikh earned a reputation for carrying out mock executions and water boarding.

Kotey, from Paddington, was born in London and is believed to have helped recruit other Britons to fight for IS, which has now been driven out of its Syria strongholds.

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"As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding", the State Department said in a statement released in January 2017. Mr Cantlie appeared in a string of Isis propaganda videos.

He went to state schools, then studied computer science at the University of Westminster before leaving for Syria in 2013.

The fourth member, Aine Davis, is being held in Turkey.

In May 2017 he was jailed for seven and a half years by a Turkish court for being part of a terror organisation.

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