Last two Islamic State 'Beatles' fighters captured

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were the final two fighters of the four-man unit to remain at large until their detention by Kurdish forces, reports the BBC.

Kurdish Syrian fighters captured two British militants suspected of carrying out executions and torturing detainees for the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing unidentified U.S. officials.

United States officials said that Kurdish forces had detained Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh who are thought to have tortured and beheaded dozens of people along with their cohorts Jihadi John' Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis.

A Facebook photo depicts El Shafee Elsheikh, the last member of the ISIS quartet known as "the Beatles" to be identified. Emwazi was believed to be the militant responsible for the gruesome beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, which were captured on film and distributed in Isis propaganda videos.

The four Londoners were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamist uprising. Aine Davis, another member of the gang, was captured in Turkey previous year.

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The British extremists were suspected of beheading more than 27 hostages after repeatedly beating and torturing them.

Officials said Elsheikh joined al-Qaida before hooking up with ISIS and serving as one of its jailers.

"As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding".

Elsheikh, 29, was born in Sudan and fled with his family to the the 1990s before ultimately leaving for Syria, while 34-year-old Kotey was born in London as a member of the Greek Orthodox faith before converting to Islam as a teenager.

The state department say Kotey was also responsible for recruiting several British nationals to fight for Isis.

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