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NYT: Last Two ISIS 'Beatles' Captured in Syria

(NBC News)

By    |   Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:29 PM

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

Officials said they have captured Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were part of a group of four Islamic State militants involved in capturing, torturing, and killing Western hostages. They were known as "The Beatles" because of their British accents.

The Times said group's ringleader, ringleader, Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John," was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria. Officials said he was the one who beheaded American and British hostages. The fourth man, Aine Davis, is in jail in Turkey. All four once lived in West London.

The British extremists were suspected of beheading more than 27 hostages after repeatedly beating and torturing them.

The State Department told The Times that Kotey "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding."

Officials said Elsheikh joined al-Qaida before hooking up with ISIS and serving as one of its jailers.

It is unclear if the Justice Department will prosecute the two men or when they will be turned over to the U.S. military, the Times reported.

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