Syrian Kurdish fighters have captured the final two fugitives of the so-called Islamic State’s “Beatles” cell, which was infamous for beheading Western hostages on digicam, The New York Occasions and BBC reported Thursday, citing nameless American officers.
Alexanda Kotey, 24, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, belonged to an extremist gang of 4 males concerned with ISIS atrocities, nicknamed after the Beatles rock band due to their English accents. The U.S. designated each males as overseas terrorists, and sanctioned Kotey in 2017.
American authorities had been knowledgeable final month that the militia might need apprehended Kotey and Elsheikh, based on the Occasions. The lads reportedly offered worthwhile data to army interrogators about ISIS management and construction. Counterterrorism officers consider ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stays at massive, regardless of rumors of his loss of life.
The lead executioner within the “Beatles” cell, Mohammed Emwazi, referred to as “Jihadi John,” was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2015. Aine Davis, the fourth member, was detained in Turkey in 2015 and convicted on terror expenses final 12 months. All 4 members of the group lived in West London earlier than shifting to Syria.
They’re reported to have detained, tortured and killed dozens of hostages, together with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in addition to British help staff David Haines and Alan Henning, in 2014. Their grotesque propaganda movies of victims’ slayings have circulated world wide.
The detention of Kotey and Elsheikh will finish a yearslong manhunt by British intelligence and safety companies, in addition to a U.S. Joint Terrorism Activity Power, the CIA and the FBI.