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Last of 'The Beatles' British jihadists arrested in Syria

Last of 'The Beatles' British jihadists arrested in Syria”

The group, nicknamed the Beatles, became known for filming and publicizing their executions of British and USA aid workers and journalists in Syria. Kotey, born in London, is of Ghanaian and Greek Cypriot background, while Elsheikh's family fled Sudan in the 1990s.

The Londoners were the last members of the bloodthirsty group of four Britons still at large.

El Shafee Elsheikh (l.) and Alexandar Amon Kotey (r.) are two British members of ISIS that were captured in Syria in January.

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The most notorious cell member, Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed Jihadi John, was shown beheading several hostages in widely circulated videos between 2012 and 2014.

Aine Davis, a fourth member, is serving a seven-year jail term in Turkey.

Emwazi became the public face of Islamic State and a symbol of its brutality after appearing in videos showing the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and other hostages.

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A lot of them were captured in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Emwazi was the group's leader, gaining notoriety for using a knife to kill hostages in a string of beheadings that were videotaped and posted on the internet, generating outrage against the IS group but also inspiring similar acts by the extremists.

He "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding", according to the State Department. He was killed in a drone strike in Raqqa 2015.

Kotey was also responsible for recruiting several British nationals to join the jihadis, the State Department said. ISIL is another acronym for the Islamic State.

Unnamed US Officials told the NYT that Kotey, 34, and Elsheikh, 29, were captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which were fighting the last remaining pockets of IS fighters near the river Euphrates on the Iraq/Syria border. American officials were informed in mid-January that the militia might have captured the men.

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



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