Last Two ISIS 'Beatles' Captured in Syria

Officials quoted by U.S. media said the two men had been captured by members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are targeting remnants of IS.

The last two British members of ISIS's evil "Beatles" gang have been captured in Syria.

Syrian Kurdish fighters have bagged the last two ISIS "Beatles", The New York Times reported Thursday.

The last two men believed to be responsible for the executions of several western hostages have been captured by US-backed forces in Syria.

The men were reportedly identified by fingerprints and other biometric means.

The group, which also included "Jihadi John" Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis, was nicknamed The Beatles by hostages because their English accents set them apart from other foreign fighters.

Aine Davis is being detained in Turkey on terror charges, while El-Shafee el-Sheikh is also believed to be held by the SDF. Emwazi is believed to be the ISIS militant seen beheading American journalist James Foley in a 2014 video, one of several videos the group produced that year showing the killings of Westerners and USA -allied fighters. All the men lived in West London.

Diane Foley, who son James, an American journalist was beheaded in August 2014, said she would like Kotey and Elsheikh to face trial in America, adding: "Their crimes are beyond imagination".

Aine Davis, also from west London, was convicted of being a senior IS member and was jailed in Turkey past year on terrorism charges, after being arrested near Istanbul in 2015.

Kotey, who is half Ghanaian, half Greek Cypriot, grew up in a family of dress cutters in Shepherd's Bush - just under two miles away from Emwazi - and was an avid supporter of Queens Park Rangers Football Club.

In Syria, the "Beatles" became known as the cruellest of all ISIS guards, terrorising their hostages with electric shocks, waterboarding, and mock executions - even a staged crucifixion.

The State Department, in imposing sanctions on Kotey a year ago, said he likely engaged in executions and torture, including electronic shock and waterboarding, and recruited several British nationals to IS.

Elsheikh traveled to Syria in 2012 and joined Al-Qaida before aligning himself with ISIS.

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

Diane Foley, his mother, said she wanted the two men to face trial in the United States and life imprisonment. "Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organisation". He abandoned four children by two different mothers when he left Britain on a flight to Amsterdam.

However, the presence of large numbers of Kurdish armed forces in northern Syria has alarmed neighbouring Turkey. He was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria.

  • Rogelio Becker