Final two Isis 'Beatles' captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters

Final two Isis 'Beatles' captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters

Final two Isis 'Beatles' captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who became Isis hostage-takers alongside Mohammed Emwazi, the group's ringleader who was known as Jihadi John, were detained by Kurdish forces last month.

They were the last two members of the evil gang still at large. Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

The pair were members of a four-strong group of foreign fighters dubbed "The Beatles" by their captives because of their distinctive British accents.

The fourth member, Aine Davis, is being held in Turkey.

USA officials said the "execution cell" had beheaded more than 27 Western hostages and tortured many more.

US officials did not provide any other details of the capture, but said the USA government with its coalition partners on the disposition of detainees held by the SDF.

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A statement confirmed they were suspected of the "detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees. and are thought to have links to the British terrorist often called Jihadi John".

The Syrian fighters who apprehended them told USA officials in mid-January that the two may have been captured, and the men's identities were later confirmed using fingerprints and other biometric data. The men reportedly provided valuable information to military interrogators about ISIS leadership and structure. All the men lived in West London.

Elsheikh, according to the state department, "was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer".

According to the State Department, Kotey "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding". He appeared in a string of propaganda videos and was filmed beheading British and American hostages.

He went to state schools, then studied computer science at the University of Westminster before leaving for Syria in 2013.

Born in 1983, Kotey was also connected to the "London Boys" - a network of extremists who fomented radical Islam while playing five-a-side football in west London and who were linked to the 7/7 London bombings and the subsequent failed 21/7 plot.

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