THE last two fanatics in a bloodthirsty British ISIS gang dubbed “The Beatles” have been captured in Syria.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh – whose group slaughtered at least 27 prisoners – were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January. We reveal all…
Who are the ISIS ‘Beatles’?
Elsheikh and Kotey are the remaining members of a four-strong group of foreign fighters dubbed “The Beatles” by their captives due to their British accents.
Including Mohammed Emwazi – or “Jihadi John” – the group was known for its savage cruelty, subjecting foreign hostages to beatings, torture and mock executions.
Aine Davis – who left the UK in 2013 to fight in Syria – is thought to have been the fourth member of the group.
He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in Turkey last year after being found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organisation.
Who is Alexanda Kotey?
Kotey grew up in Paddington, West London, and has been described as of a Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background.
The jihadi, believed to be aged around 32, was a convert to Islam as a teenager.
It is not clear when he fled to Syria but his family said last year they were “deeply distressed” after he was unmasked as one of the gruesome foursome.
He is believed to have lived in West London until 2009 when he travelled to Gaza in an aid convoy.
Who is El Shafee Elsheikh?
Fellow ISIS brute Elsheikh also grew up in West London but travelled to Syria in 2012. He was a QPR fan and worked as a mechanic.
Known to his friends as “Shaf”, he was one of three sons brought up by his mum after the family moved to Britain.
Aged 21, he married an Ethiopian woman living in Canada but became frustrated when she couldn’t move to London to be with him.
It was around this time he is understood to have been radicalised.
What have they said about ISIS after their capture?
In an interview with Sky News, the pair claimed ISIS will carry out more terror attacks in Europe.
Speaking from a jail in Kurdish-controlled Syria, Kotey also likened the execution of unarmed captives to coalition airstrikes, saying the victims were “collateral damage”.
They claimed to have joined ISIS for “religious reasons”, with Elshekh saying: “We are in no way justifying anything Islamic State did. It is not an obligation of me to justify or condemn.
“You being a British citizen, you don’t turn around when Britain commits some war crime and say ‘But I didn’t sign up for this’.”
What has happened to them now?
The murderous pair were detained in North Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January.
The SDF originally arrested the duo after suspecting the two men were foreign fighters and handed them over to American Special Operations forces.
The Americans then confirmed their identities using fingerprints and other bio-metric measurements.
But in July 23 it emerged in a leaked Home Office report, that the UK was dropping its requirement for assurances they would not be executed if found guilty – paving the way for the pair to face US justice.
Other documents say there would be no formal opposition to the men – who have been stripped of their British citizenship – being sent to Guantanamo without trial.
On March 30 it was reported that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, spoke of their outrage of losing their right to be a UK citizen.
Speaking to an Associated Press journalist, Kotey moaned: “I found it strange that they could actually do that, revoke the citizenship of a person.
“I was born in the UK… My mother was born in the UK. I have a daughter there in the UK.”
What happened to Jihadi John?
Killer Jihadi John – real name Mohammed Emwazi – first appeared in an ISIS execution video dressed in black and with a knife in his hand in August 2014.
The fanatic was filmed murdering photojournalist James Foley during the grisly clip in which he taunted the US and Britain.
He went on to appear in at least five other clips – showing the deaths of Steven Sotloff, aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, Brits David Haines, Alan Henning and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
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The killer was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi in 2015 – as the world’s most wanted man was revealed to be a computer programming graduate who grew up in Queen’s Park, North West London.
It is thought Emwazi had become radicalised by the time he travelled to Tanzania in May 2009 after graduating from Westminster University.
The twisted British militant was “evaporated” after being targeted by a US drone in 2015.