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Captured IS fighters provide clues to USA hostages' remains

Captured IS fighters provide clues to USA hostages' remains

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elshiekh, the two remaining members of a notorious Isis cell nicknamed "the Beatles" who were captured in Syria last month, lost their right to a United Kingdom passport in the wake of a series of hostage executions in Syria that began in 2014. The SDF turned over the suspects to American Special Operations forces, officials said, who confirmed their identities with biometric measurements including fingerprinting.

"I am asking Congress to ensure that in the fight against Isis and al-Qaeda we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them".

The evil foursome were dubbed "The Beatles" by their captives because of their distinctive British accents.

The U.S. State Department believes Alexanda Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh, Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis were involved in the deaths of almost 30 Western hostages, including the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were also beheaded.

A former hostage told the Guardian that fellow hostages referred to the four militants as 'The Beatles, ' after the British pop group.

"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. "They spent millions to go after this guy and they could have done that for us", she told the Miami Herald at the time.

Each was known to their hostages by their respective Beatles moniker - Paul, Ringo, John and George.

The alleged ringleader of the group, Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a drone strike in Raqqa in 2015.

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Britain's the Daily Telegraph newspaper said it understood that London would not hinder any moves to extradite the pair to the US.

The family of the recently captured El Shafee Elsheikh fled from Sudan in the 1990s.

Elsheikh, it said, "was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an Isis jailer".

Other detainee Alexanda Amon Kotey is of Greek Cypriot background. His friends told Buzzfeed that they did not heard from him since.

The fourth member, Davis, was convicted of being a member of a terrorist organisation and jailed for seven-and-a-half years by a court in Silivri, Turkey, in May 2017. He was detained near Istanbul in 2016 on suspicion of planning attacks in the country.

"He was captured by an anti-terrorism unit on January 24 in the countryside near Raqa".

The jury is out.

It is understood that Kotey and Elsheikh have been stripped of their British citizenship, but the Home Office says it can not comment on individual cases. The men reportedly provided valuable information to military interrogators about ISIS leadership and structure.