ISIS militant with British accent (Photo: Daily Mail)
The United States retreat from Northern Syria didn’t include only their personnel and military technique, it also included high-profile Islamic State militants who were captured in the last two years. Two British militants, reportedly members of notorious Islamic State “The Beatles” group have been moved out of a detention center in Syria and are in American custody. The group was infamous for beheading mostly Western hostages, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the individuals were being held in a secure location but offered no further details. Some of the Islamic State prisoners were moved amid fears some could escape custody as Turkey invades northeast Syria, President Trump said on Wednesday. They were moved out of Syria, as fears mount that Kurdish-led fighters may be unable to keep guarding Islamic State prisoners amid the Turkish operation.
The two men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, along with other British militants allegedly were part of “The Beatles”. It was the Islamic State cell nicknamed “The Beatles” by surviving captives because of their English accents. In 2014 and 2015, the jihadis held more than 20 Western hostages in Syria and tortured many of them. The group beheaded at least seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers. The barbaric videos were released to the world.
The central figure of the IS cell nicknamed “The Beatles” was allegedly Jihadi John (Mohammed Emwazi, born Muhammad Jassim Abdulkarim Olayan al-Dhafiri). The four-person terrorist cell was allegedly led by Mohammed Emwazi who was nicknamed by captives as “John”. The press later began calling him “Jihadi John”. He was killed on 12 November 2015 in Raqqa, Syria. U.S. officials reported that Jihadi John was killed in a drone strike. His death was confirmed by ISIL (also known as ISIS, Islamic State, IS) in January 2016.