Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

They are reported to have detained, tortured and killed dozens of hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, in 2014.

Officials said they have captured Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were part of a group of four Islamic State militants involved in capturing, torturing, and killing Western hostages.

A US-British missile strike believed to have killed Emwazi, a British citizen of Arab origin, was months in preparation but came together at lightning speed in 2015 in the Syrian town of Raqqa, according to USA officials. They were the last two members of the brutal "Beatles" group of four British militants to remain at large.

The four, all from London, were nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their British accents.

The last two members of the Islamic State (IS) militants of the four man cell known as "the Beatles" due to their English accents, were captured by Syrian Kurds inside the country.

The two men are believed to have links to Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton known as "Jihadi John".

He gained notoriety by taunting Western government before executing hostages. The fourth man, Aine Davis, is reportedly in a Turkish prison on accusations of terrorism.

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ElSheikh, whose grew up in West London after his family emigrated from Sudan to Britain, was described as having had a normal adolescence.

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

Former hostages describe severe mistreatment, beatings and mock executions at the hands of their jailers, especially the Britons.

The aim was "to allow analysts more time to pursue the intelligence leads developed from their detention and prepare raids against unsuspecting Islamic State targets", the newspaper said.

The Islamic State's group self-declared caliphate - its area of control - shrunk rapidly past year.

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