ISIS Beatles ‘Ringo’ reveals how he saved Jihadi John’s life on battlefield – and wept when he was killed by US drone

THE ISIS “Beatle” known as “Ringo” has told how he saved Jihadi John’s life on a battlefield – then wept when the fanatic was killed by an American drone.

Alexanda Kotey said he saved fellow Brit Mohammed Emwazi when he was shot by anti-terror rebel group the Free Syrian Army.

ISIS Beatles member Jihadi John was killed by a US drone in 2015
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Alexanda Kotey said he saved fellow Brit Mohammed Emwazi when he was shot by anti-terror rebel group the Free Syrian Army[/caption]

In a jail cell confession, Kotey told the Daily Mirror of his friendship with Emwazi, who fronted a number of ISIS propaganda videos showing Western hostages being executed.

The pair were in the British terror cell nicknamed The Beatles because of their British accents.

Speaking from a secret prison location, Kotey, 35, said he saved his pal during fierce fighting in Aleppo in early 2014.

Recalling the moment Jihadi John was shot, he said: “He was lying there. The bullet had hit him in the back at an angle and we managed to roll into cover.

“I held him in my lap and I really thought he was breathing his last breath. I struggled with him and got him into a car and we rushed him to a makeshift hospital and he survived.”

Kotey, who grew up in Ladbrook Grove, admitted he broke down in tears when a US drone blew Emwazi up with a hellfire missile in Syria, killing him instantly.

‘I CRIED’

He told the Mirror: “I cried. I was completing my sniper training in the Hama area. I asked the person in charge of snipers if I could be allowed to return to Raqqa to check out news about a friend and he allowed me to go.

“When I arrived back in Raqqa I got to my house and my wife informed me he had been killed. I cried and decided to stay at home for while and not speak to anybody.”

Masked executioner Jihadi John – real name Mohammed Emwazi – was responsible for taking part in the executions of seven western hostages and 22 Syrians in sick ISIS propaganda videos – and is believed to have killed many more captives off camera .

Emwazi, killed in a drone strike in 2015, became the face of Islamic State’s depraved campaign of terror after the beheadings of aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were broadcast.

He also beheaded American journalist James Foley.

EXECUTIONS

Kotey and fellow Beatle member El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were captured in Syria in January after ISIS fled its former self-styled capital Raqqa.

They are expected to go on trial in the US after they were stripped of their British citizenship and the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute them in the UK.

US officials though suspect both men “participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees”.

Both Kotey and Elsheikh face the possibility of the death sentence if they are found guilty in a US court.

The brutal gang’s fourth member Aine Davis was arrested near Istanbul in 2015, and convicted in Turkey in 2017 of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation.

After being arrested he denied being part of the terror group, or “the Beatles” cell.

It comes as police in Portugal arrested the London-based sibling of two ISIS fighters who were known associates of Jihadi John.

Sisters Reema and Zara Iqbal had their UK citizenship stripped earlier this year after fleeing to Syria with their Portuguese-born husbands Celso and Edgar Rodrigues da Costa.

Who were the ISIS Beatles?

Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John):

Emwazi fronted a number of IS propaganda videos where Western hostages were shown executed.

Originally from Kuwait, he was educated in north London, and graduated from the University of Westminster in 2009 in computer programming.

In the UK he came under surveillance from intelligence services after travelling to Tanzania and Kuwait.

He was linked with a number of high-profile suspected jihadists that MI5 were tracking.

His family reported him missing in 2013.

In  2014 he appeared in number of videos where Western hostages including US journalist James Foley and UK aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning appeared to be beheaded.

The last known video appearance from him was January 2015.

He was killed in a US drone strike on November 12, 2015.

Alexanda Kotey:

He attended the same al-Manaar mosque in west London as Emwazi.

Kotey was identified as one of the gang by the US state department, which said he was likely to have been a recruiter of UK nationals to the group.

He was captured by members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Aine Davis:

He was arrested near Istanbul in 2015, and convicted in Turkey in 2017 of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation.

In London he had lived in Hammersmith and had a number of drug conviction.

In 2006 he was jailed for possessing a firearm.

After converting to Islam, he changed his name to Hamza and met Emwazi.

The two were part of a group that radicalised Muslims living in London. He left the UK to join ISIS in 2013.

After being arrested he denied being part of the terror group, or “the Beatles” cell.

El Shafee Elsheikh:

The son of Sudanese refugees, Elsheikh went to Syria in 2012 and joined al-Qaeda there before aligning himself with ISIS.

He and Kotey were said to have been detained after Kurdish fighters suspected they were foreign fighters.

Last night it emerged Romulo Rodgrigues da Costa had been held by anti-terror police in Portugal.

The country’s PJ force confirmed it had held “an individual suspected of lending support to ISIS fighters” in an operation which took place on Sunday.

A spokesman said: “A house search was carried out where the suspect was located.

“The detainee has been based in the UK for several years.”


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Jihadi John fronted a number of ISIS propaganda videos
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David Haines, a Brit aid worker, was slaughtered by ISIS
Aid worker Alan Henning was also beheaded by Jihadi John
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Steven Sotloff, a US journalist, was beheaded by ISIS
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James Foley, also a US journalist, is thought to have been beheaded by the ISIS cell
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US citizen Peter Kassig was in Syria as an aid worker when he was captured
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Kotey, foreground, and El Shafee Elsheikh are escorted from a van by Kurdish security forces
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