ISIS 'Beatles' Members Captured by Syrian Kurds

Aaron Brown
February 10, 2018

A separate US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian Democratic Forces had captured the two in eastern Syria in early January.

Kurdish fighters in the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces have captured the last two members of a notorious Islamic State cell known for carrying out brutal torture and executions of Western prisoners, US officials said Thursday.

It said the "notorious cell, dubbed "The Beatles" had held captive and beheaded approximately two dozen hostages.

The group's leader, Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, was killed in Syria in 2015.

A senior US official confirmed that part of the interrogation of Kotey and Elsheikh is aimed at finding the remains of Western hostages, particularly Americans, who were killed during their ISIS captivity.

A fourth member of the so-called "Beatles", Aine Davis, is now imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges. They repeatedly beat the hostages they kept imprisoned in Raqqa, Syria, formerly ISIS' self-declared capital, and subjected them to waterboarding and mock executions.

It went on: "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 American authorities must now decide whether to extradite the two men to the mainland United States to face a criminal trial or place them in military custody, possibly in the notorious Guantanamo Bay camp.

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Diane Foley, his mother, said she wanted the two men to face trial in the U.S. and life imprisonment.

The murderous pair were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January. The New York Times, which first reported their capture, said the men were co-operating and had given information on the structure and plans of IS after rising to its most senior ranks in recent months. "I didn't know what to feel, I didn't know what to think and then you kind of realise it's real and you think that's it, they're gone, they can't hurt anyone else".

The latest arrests were confirmed by USA officials.

Born in 1983, Kotey was also connected to the "London Boys" - a network of extremists who fomented radical Islam while playing five-a-side football in west London and who were linked to the 7/7 London bombings and the subsequent failed 21/7 plot.

Diane Foley - whose son James, an American journalist, was beheaded by the cell - said she wanted the two men to face life imprisonment.

Its fall led to the collapse of IS in Syria, as the last remnants of the once powerful militia fought on in a slither of land along the Euphrates River or fled to Turkey or other parts of Syria.

Emwazi was killed in a 2015 air strike in Syria after a giant manhunt sparked by his beheading of USA and British hostages.

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