Syrian Forces Capture 2 Members of Islamic State 'Beatles'

The fourth member Davis was convicted of being a member of a terrorist organisation and jailed for seven-and-a-half years at a court in Silivri Turkey in May 2017

Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who are now reportedly in the custody of US-backed Kurdish fighters, were a part of a four-member British IS cell led by Mohammed Emwazi who is believed to have beheaded Western hostages, including U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Kotey and Elsheikh were the last two still at large.

Along with "Jihadi John" Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis, they are believed to have tortured and beheaded dozens of people.

The pair were members of a four-strong group of foreign fighters dubbed "The Beatles" by their captives because of their distinctive British accents.

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

The group are thought to have beheaded more than 27 hostages and would torture their victims with waterboarding and electrocution.

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Their identities were reportedly confirmed using fingerprints and other measurements.

Since their capture, both Kotey and Elsheikh have provided important information to military interrogators, the Times reported, citing a "senior United States official". All four members of the group lived in West London before moving to Syria.

Elsheikh, who is 29 years old, "was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer". The Trump administration has yet to fill the envoy role. Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. He last appeared in December 2016 in Mosul, the Isis stronghold in Iraq which has since been recaptured.

Their capture was first reported by the New York Times. While rumours have surfaced repeatedly over the past three years of Baghdadi's death or wounding in airstrikes, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe he is alive and most likely hiding in the Sunni border areas straddling Iraq and Syria.

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