Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

British Isis fighters captured by US-backed Kurds in Syria

British Isis fighters captured by US-backed Kurds in Syria

They and fellow Londoners - Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John, and Aine Davis - were nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their British accents. Known as "Jihadi John", he beheaded USA and British hostages.

Aine Davis, the fourth member of the group, dubbed "the Beatles", was captured by Turkish authorities in 2015 near Istanbul after fleeing IS territory. Both men previously lived in London, and are considered foreign terrorists by the US State Department.

The US State Department recently imposed sanctions on Fotey, who was revealed by ITV News to be a suspected part of "The Beatles" gang, describing him as a "specifically designated global terrorist".

The British extremists were known for their brutality. They subjected western hostages they guarded in Syria to constant beatings.

Emwazi's victims included United Kingdom aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

The US government believes the group beheaded more than 27 hostages and used torture methods such as waterboarding and electrocution.

Kotey had also acted as a recruiter and was responsible for recruiting several British nationals to join the militant group, reports Reuters. Foley, another American journalist, had been killed a month earlier by the Islamic State.

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Elsheikh's mother, Maha Elgizouli, told BuzzFeed News in an exclusive interview at her home in White City that her "perfect" son ran away to Syria to wage jihad in spring 2012.

It said the British militant was "said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an [IS] jailer".

A USA military official says the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages. United States officials were informed in mid-January that the militia might have captured the men.

The latest arrests were confirmed by U.S. officials.

American forces used fingerprint checks and biometric measurements to confirm Kotey and Elsheikh's identities, according to the Times.

Their capture was first reported by the New York Times, who noted that American officials had wanted to keep the news secret.

Commander Sarah Higgins of the Navy, a Pentagon spokeswoman for detention policy issues, declined to comment.

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