Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Two British IS torturers captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters

Two British IS torturers captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters

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 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. The official said US forces in the area had been given access to the militants.

The U.S. official did not give any information on the condition of the two or what would happen to them.

Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John", holding a knife in an ISIS propaganda video.

Aine Davis, the fourth member, was convicted of terrorism charges in Turkey.

Kotey was also responsible for recruiting several British nationals to join the jihadis, the State Department said.

ElSheikh is a former child refugee from Sudan who lived in White City, west London, and once worked as a mechanic.

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Kotey, a 34-year-old convert to Islam who grew up in west London, and 29-year-old Elsheikh, whose family fled to the United Kingdom from Sudan in the 1990s, were the only remaining members of the group still at large.

The US State Department said at the time: "Kotey likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding. Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organisation". ISIL is another acronym for the Islamic State.

The families of the men were not aware of the capture until the story was reported by news organisations, they told the BBC this evening. American officials were informed in mid-January that the militia might have captured the men.

American forces used fingerprint checks and biometric measurements to confirm Kotey and Elsheikh's identities, according to the Times.

Other information has been collected from cellphones and other electronic equipment they were carrying, the United States official said.

He appeared in a number of videos slaughtering hostages including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning. He was killed in a drone strike in Raqqa 2015.

The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS.

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