Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

  • Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

Syrian Kurdish forces capture two British 'IS' militants

The two members of the group still in the field, Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both from Britain, were captured in January in eastern Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

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

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

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were reportedly involved in the torture and killings of Western hostages. In May 2016, Elsheikh was identified as a member of the ISIS execution cell known as 'The Beatles, ' a group accused of beheading more than 27 hostages and torturing many more. "Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organization", the Department said on its website about the 34-year-old British national.

Kotey and ElSheikh, along with Mohammed "Jihadi John" Emwazi and Aine Davis, gained global notoriety for their beheadings and torture of ISIS hostages in Syria, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

Emwazi, who was killed in a United States air strike in 2015, appeared in a number of videos in which captives including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were beheaded. He has reportedly been captured by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria and handed over to U.S Special Forces.

The US State Department sanctioned Kotey in January 2017, saying he was a guard for the "Beatles" and "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electric shock and waterboarding". He was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria.

Davis is imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism offences.

Kotey also acted as a recruiter for IS and persuaded several British citizens to join their ranks.