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Two British ISIS fighters involved in killing of Western hostages detained

Two British ISIS fighters involved in killing of Western hostages detained

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, believed to have been part of Islamic State's brutal executions gang, were detained by US-allied Kurdish militia fighters in January, the New York Times (NYT) said.

American forces used fingerprint checks and biometric measurements to confirm Kotey and Elsheikh's identities, according to the Times.

Britain has stripped two Islamic State hostage-killers from London of their British citizenship and is not expected to try to bring them to the United Kingdom to stand trial, The Times understands.

They were named after the 60s band due to their English accents.

Because of their English accents. They are believed to have carried out 27 decapitations of hostages, including that of American journalist James Foley by executioner Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John. He was the masked militant who featured in gruesome IS videos, taunting Western powers before beheading hostages.

"Between us, we called them the Beatles because we didn't know their names".

The son of a dinner lady and a John Lewis shopworker, he took the name Hamza and travelled the Middle East. "He was the tallest, the calmest, but also the most determined, without the slightest scruple" French journalist Didier François, a former hostage, told the press in 2015.

The group, nicknamed the Beatles, became known for filming and publicizing their executions of British and USA aid workers and journalists in Syria.

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He was born in Sudan, but his family fled the country and came to Britain in the early 1990s. He came under surveillance by United Kingdom intelligence services after travelling to Tanzania and Kenya.

The capture of Elsheikh and Kotey could yield precious intelligence about what happened to those fighters as IS was defeated on the battlefield, and information about the fate of their hostages, said Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London... He was influenced by the sermons of a West London imam and left for Syria at the beginning of 2012.

Elsheikh, the US State Department said, "was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an Isis jailer". Aine Davis, another member of the gang, was captured in Turkey previous year.

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

The jury is out.

It was not clear whether the Justice Department would prosecute the two men or when the USA military would take custody of them.

Mrs Foley said that she would like the men to face trial in the U.S. but she would be "most grateful" as long as "they are brought to fair trial and detained and justice is served".