Syrian Kurdish Fighters Capture 2 Members Of ISIS 'Beatles' Cell

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The remaining two members of the notorious British Islamic State cell dubbed "the Beatles" have been captured in Syria.

Alexanda Kotey, 24, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, belonged to an extremist gang of four men involved with ISIS atrocities, nicknamed after the Beatles rock band due to their English accents.

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) shows a masked militant holding a knife and gesturing as he speaks to the camera in a desert landscape before a beheading.

The US government believes the group beheaded more than 27 hostages and used torture methods such as waterboarding and electrocution.

The US official did not give any information on the condition of the two or what would happen to them. All four members of the group lived in West London before moving to Syria.

Mohammed Emwazi, the gang's leader - better known as "Jihadi John" - died in a 2015 air strike.

Aine Davis was jailed in Turkey past year on terrorism charges, after being arrested near Istanbul in 2015.

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The fourth member of the group, Aine Davis, is a former drug dealer - also from west London.

Victims who appeared in those videos included British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

According to military officials, the two men represent just a small portion of the hundreds of foreign-born IS terrorists from a number of nations that SDF fighters have captured or killed since October 2017.

The two were identified as Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. They repeatedly beat the hostages they kept imprisoned in Raqqa, Syria, formerly the Islamic State's self-declared capital, and subjected them to waterboarding and mock executions, noted The New York Times. "Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organisation". ISIL is another acronym for the Islamic State.

According to the U.S., Elsheikh traveled to Syria in 2012 and first joined al-Qaida's branch there, and then later joined IS.

Elsheikh was sanctioned by the State Department in March previous year.

The Americans confirmed their identities using fingerprints and other biometric measurements. Cmdr. Sarah Higgins of the Navy, a Pentagon spokeswoman for detention policy issues, declined to comment.

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