Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

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Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters, two USA officials said on Thursday.

The four, all from London, were nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their British accents.

Mohammed Emwazi better known as
AP Mohammed Emwazi better known as"Jihadi John, was the gang's leader and appeared in a number of beheading videos

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who became Isis hostage-takers alongside Mohammed Emwazi, the group's ringleader who was known as Jihadi John, were detained by Kurdish forces last month.

"The two are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS" illegal captivity of Western hostages, and are thought to have links to the British terrorist often called "Jihadi John", the official said in a statement.

United States officials were informed in mid-January that the militia might have captured the men, the newspaper reported, adding that the officials later confirmed their identities using fingerprints and other biometric measurements.

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A USA -led coalition has pushed Islamic State out of most of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who proclaimed the self-styled caliphate in 2014, remains at large.

The group was nicknamed the Beatles due to their English accents.

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"Jihadi John" was the leader of the group, known for using a knife to kill hostages in a string of videotaped beheadings, including of United States journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Ringleader Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in 2015 and Davis is in jail in Turkey after being convicted past year on terrorism charges. He was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria.

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