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Last Islamic State "Beatles" Captured in Syria

09 February 2018, 04:54 | Floyd Cook

Alexanda Kotey

Alexanda Kotey

The group, nicknamed the Beatles, became known for filming and publicizing their executions of British and US aid workers and journalists in Syria.

It was the hostages who gave them their nickname "The Beatles", after the legendary rock group, for their British accents.

The New York Times just released that Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were the last two at large of the four-man, London-raised IS cell that operated in Syria.

Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John" in ISIS propaganda videos showing beheadings of prisoners, was the group's leader.

Emwazi appeared with his face covered and voice disguised in a string of videos in which captives including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were beheaded.

A woman gestures as she walks on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, February 7, 2018.

All four had lived in West London.

The fourth member, Davis, was convicted of being a member of a terrorist organisation and jailed for seven-and-a-half years at a court in Silivri, Turkey, in May 2017.


In total, they killed 27 hostages and tortured many more.

Majority were captured in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The State Department, in imposing sanctions on Kotey past year, said he likely engaged in executions and torture, including electronic shock and waterboarding, and recruited several British nationals to IS.

Kotey had also acted as a recruiter and was responsible for recruiting several British nationals to join the militant group, the State Department said.

A US -led coalition has pushed Islamic State out of most of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who proclaimed the self-styled caliphate in 2014, remains at large.

Kotey and ElSheikh were captured in early January by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said an American defence official.

U.S. officials were informed in mid-January that the militia might have captured the men, the newspaper reported, adding that the officials later confirmed their identities using fingerprints and other biometric measurements. Elsheikh was known for "waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions" of hostages. Cmdr. Sarah Higgins of the Navy, a Pentagon spokeswoman for detention policy issues, declined to comment.



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