British IS militant caught as he tried to flee Syria for Turkey

by Abel Hampton February 10, 2018, 2:04
British IS militant caught as he tried to flee Syria for Turkey

A Frenchmen who survived detention by Islamic State fighters says he wants justice, not revenge, now that two members of the notorious insurgent cell dubbed "The Beatles" have been captured.

Today the New York Times reported that Kotey and Elsheikh have been detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia fighting ISIS insurgents. The two men were captured in early January, and United States forces were given access to them, one of the officials told the news agency.

The group, nicknamed the Beatles, became known for filming and publicizing their executions of British and USA aid workers and journalists in Syria.

Turkish authorities have also detained hundreds of people across Turkey suspected of being Islamic State members since IS fighters were defeated in the Syrian city of Raqqa in October by the SDF. Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. Like all three of his comrades, Emwazi had resided in West London.

In total, they killed 27 hostages and tortured many more.

Aine Davis, another member of the foursome, was reportedly captured and is being held in Turkey. ISIS said she was killed in a bombing raid.

- Alexander Kotey, 34: Half Ghanaian and half-Cypriot and grew up as a Greek Orthodox Christian in the Paddington area of London. More disturbingly, the "Beatles" were featured in several of ISIS' execution videos, which showed militants killing prisoners in horrifying ways, including by beheading and crucifixion.

Kotey "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding". He also acted as a recruiter for Daesh, persuading several other Britons to join the "cause". The Washington Post said Emwazi, who used the videos to threaten the West and taunt leaders such as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, was believed to have travelled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS.

He was born in Sudan, but his family fled the country and came to Britain in the early 1990s.

By effectively washing its hands of the two men, Britain has left the way open for America, which is thought to already have the pair in custody in a USA special forces facility in adjoining Iraq, to decide on the manner of their disposal.

In a statement at the time, the State Department said Kotey was 'one of four members of an execution cell for. the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)'.

Ringleader Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in 2015 and Davis was jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges.

He went to state schools, then studied computer science at the University of Westminster before leaving for Syria in 2013.


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