Two of ISIS' infamous British gang members captured by SDF

Laura Christensen
February 10, 2018

Meanwhile, US authorities have started informing the families of Americans and others held and killed in Syria that there were new leads on the possible whereabouts of the remains of their loved ones.

Alexanda Kotey, 24, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, belonged to an extremist gang of four men involved with ISIS atrocities, nicknamed after the Beatles rock band due to their English accents. The U.S. government says Emwazi's British cell beheaded at least 27 hostages.

Ms Haines said she would like them to be "locked up with the key thrown away" and is hopeful their capture will bring closure to bereaved families. "These men will have important intelligence about the fates of Western hostages in their custody, including some who remain captives of Islamic State. So everybody has a right for a fair trial and for justice". "They spent millions to go after this guy and they could have done that for us", she told the Miami Herald at the time. "If they don't get justice, they will use it to fuel their propaganda".

The four Londoners were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria including the beheading of former Perth Academy pupil David Haines in 2014 which was captured on video and sent shockwaves around the world.

The highly unusual step was taken by the Home Office.

Kotey, of Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background, and Elsheikh, who arrived in Britain as a child refugee from Sudan, could also have had their citizenship removed on the grounds that other passports were available to them.

Diane Foley said she is "grateful, really grateful" to learn about the capture of two Islamic State group members responsible for her son's death in Syria.

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The SDF gave American special forces access to the two prisoners after suspecting that they were foreign fighters. Foley, another American journalist, had been killed a month earlier by the Islamic State.

Along with Mohammed Emwazi - the killer nicknamed Jihadi John - and Aine Davis, they are thought to have been part of the group named after the famous '60s band due to their English accents.

Kotey is said to have acted as a guard and is implicated in numerous acts of brutality, including one incident in which a Danish hostage had his 25th birthday marked with a beating that consisted of 25 kicks to his ribs.

A fourth member, Aine Davis, is serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence in Turkey for being a member of a terror network.

Two US officials also confirmed the capture to Reuters.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has always been an outspoken supporter of continuing to use the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba and the military commissions held there.

The former commander of United Kingdom troops in Afghanistan has suggested Britain may refrain from joining the interrogation of the captured jihadis known as "The Beatles".

Other reports by My Hot News

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