Last Islamic State "Beatles" Captured in Syria

This Oct. 19 2017 image from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa Syria two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended. A U.S. military official says that the American-bac

There have been demands for the Government to clarify the status of Kotey and Elsheikh amid claims they remained British citizens.

Yesterday, it was revealed that two of the four members of the group, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, were captured in Syria last month.

The daughter of a Scottish aid worker who was beheaded by the Islamic State group in Syria has said she hopes his killers die a "slow, painful death". Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

But because the men are suspected of being members of ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, taking them to Guantanamo - where detainees have a right to bring habeas corpus challenges to their detention - would create a legal headache that national security officials want to avoid.

"We must absolutely prevent them reversing the situation by depicting them as victims. If they don't get justice, they will use it to fuel their propaganda".

Former child refugee Elsheikh was a mechanic from White City in west London, and Alexanda Kotey was from Paddington.

Under powers introduced in 2014, the Home Secretary can revoke citizenship from naturalised Britons - even if they are made stateless as a result - if they are considered to have behaved in a way that is "seriously prejudicial" to British interests - a definition which includes terrorism.

Meanwhile, Kotey, 34, who is half-Ghanaian and half-Cypriot, converted to Islam after falling in love with a Muslim woman and had two daughters with her.


Journalist Nicolas Henin says the two men should be tried in Britain, not shipped to Guantanamo Bay, because revenge will just breed more violence.

Redur Khalil could not confirm Sheikh's capture however, saying he had no information about the British jihadist.

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

The group's ringleader, Mohammed Emwazi, who was nicknamed "Jihadi John," was killed in a 2015 Central Intelligence Agency drone strike. Elsheikh was known for "waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions" of hostages. He was killed in a USA airstrike in 2015. Officials said he was the one who beheaded American and British hostages.

It is unclear if the Justice Department will prosecute the two men or when they will be turned over to the US military, the Times reported. "The Telegraph" past year reported that the two missing men were on a USA "kill list" reserved for senior Isil terrorists.

A spokesman for the US Central Command said yesterday that the future of the detainees was undetermined.

The defense official told Fox News that Kotey and El-Sheikh "are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS' illegal captivity of Western hostages".

A spokeswoman for the United Kingdom foreign and commonwealth office spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on individual cases or ongoing investigations".

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