Two British IS fighters from notorious 'Beatles' group captured

Alexanda Kotey was from Paddington. In January 2017 US authorities named Kotey as a member of the cell and said they had imposed sanctions on him

Alexanda Kotey was from Paddington. In January 2017 US authorities named Kotey as a member of the cell and said they had imposed sanctions on him

The remaining two members of the notorious British Islamic State cell dubbed "the Beatles" have been captured in Syria.

The two members of the group still in the field, Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both from Britain, were captured in January in eastern Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Officials quoted by United States media said the two men had been captured by members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are targeting remnants of IS.

Emwazi, who appeared in black in the infamous beheading videos, was born in Kuwait and moved to the United Kingdom with his family when was six. He last appeared in December 2016 in Mosul, the Isis stronghold in Iraq which has since been recaptured.

The group was nicknamed the Beatles due to their English accents.

He is "said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer", the US State Department said in March 2017.

The newspaper said the United States troops confirmed their identities using fingerprints and additional biometric measurements.

It added that the men were identified by fingerprints and other biometric means.


American authorities were informed last month that the militia might have apprehended Kotey and Elsheikh, according to the Times.

In total, they killed 27 hostages and tortured many more.

The half Ghanaian, half Greek Cypriot came from a family of dress cutters in Shepherd's Bush and is believed to have converted to Islam, grown a beard, and begun dressing in traditional robes in his early twenties, after falling in love with a Muslim woman.

All four had lived in West London.

He left two young children in Britain to travel to Syria. "Jihadi John" was seen in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Allan Henning, and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

Aine Davis, the fourth member, was detained in Turkey in 2015 and convicted on terror charges past year.

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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