British IS fighter who crucified victims caught

Casey Dawson
February 10, 2018

Two British jihadists, members of the ISIS cell known as 'the Beatles, ' have reportedly been captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters allied to the US.

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.

Asked if they would be prosecuted and if so where they might face trial Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said: "We are still considering options regarding el-Sheikh and Kotey, but rest assured our intention is to hold anyone accountable who commits acts like those they are alleged to have committed".

Because of their English accents.

"They were part of a group of four British jihadis that we nicknamed "The Beatles", as they were, especially at the end of my captivity, responsible for us as a group of about two dozen western hostages", he said.

Fellow cell member Alexanda Kotey was also captured with Elsheikh last month.

ABC News' 20/20 has previously reported that Mueller was being held hostage by "The Beatles" and that she once boldly corrected "Jihadi John" when he wrongly told other hostages that she had converted to Islam. His identity was later revealed to be Mohamed Emwazi, a west Londoner.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun he blasted: "They turned their back on Britain, our values and everything we stand for - they are the worst of the worst".

Each was known to their hostages by their respective Beatles moniker - Paul, Ringo, John and George. "He was the tallest, the calmest, but also the most determined, without the slightest scruple" French journalist Didier Fran├žois, a former hostage, told the press in 2015.

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A U.S. -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 U.S. officials. Emwazi was born in Kuwait and moved to London when he was six.

The family of the recently captured El Shafee Elsheikh fled from Sudan in the 1990s.

He travelled to Syria in 2012 and first joined al Qaeda's branch in the war-torn country.

Elsheikh, who is 29 years old, "was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer".

Other detainee Alexanda Amon Kotey is of Greek Cypriot background.

Sources told the broadsheet that there was little desire among ministers to repatriate them to Britain.

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

At the time of his arrest, Turkish officials said he was detained with a number of people planning a terror attack.

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