World Who are the IS fighters nicknamed 'The Beatles'?

12:17  10 february  2018
12:17  10 february  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Sky News has taken a closer look at the four west Londoners who left home to fight for Islamic State. The notorious group of four IS fighters known as ' The Beatles ' are believed to be responsible for beheading more than 27 hostages.

Who are the Islamic State fighters nicknamed ' The Beatles '?https The UK will reportedly demand no "assurances" the IS Beatles will not be executed. Two of the four so called ' IS Beatles ' spoke to Sky News in April 2018 from a detention facility in northern Syria.

The British jihadis known as 'The Beatles'© Sky The British jihadis known as 'The Beatles'

The capture of two British men in Syria means all four of the IS fighters in a notorious group nicknamed 'The Beatles' are now accounted for.

American officials revealed on Thursday Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh had been detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, following the death of ringleader Mohammed Emwazi in a 2015 drone strike and the imprisonment of Aine Davis in Turkey.

The White House believes the group - nicknamed by prisoners because of their English accents - are responsible for the beheading of more than 27 hostages, and that they have used torture methods including waterboarding and electrocution.

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Two British Islamic State fighters - part of a group nicknamed The Beatles - have been captured in Syria, US officials say. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were detained by Kurdish forces in Syria and have reportedly revealed "valuable information" on the IS leadership and structure.

:: Who are the IS fighters nicknamed ' The Beatles '. Image: The men were in same group as 'Jihadi John' - who died in a drone strike. However, the US is putting pressure on international partners to take back foreign Islamic State fighters captured in the Middle East.

Sky News has taken a closer look at the four west Londoners who left home to fight for Islamic State.

Mohammed Emwazi

Mohammed Emwazi© Other Mohammed Emwazi

The militant who became known as "Jihadi John" moved from Kuwait to the UK with his family when he was six.

He attended state schools and studied computer science at the University of Westminster before leaving for Syria in 2013, where he would take on his infamous moniker.

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:: Who are the IS fighters nicknamed ' The Beatles '? The group, which also included "Jihadi John" Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis, was nicknamed The Beatles by hostages because their English accents set them apart from other foreign fighters .

Two men accused of being members of the Islamic State ' Beatles ' cell have told Sky News there will be more IS -inspired attacks in Europe. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) earlier this year, issued the warning in a Sky News

Emwazi - described by IS as an "honourable brother" - appeared in a string of IS videos showing the execution of foreign hostages, starting with the beheading of American James Foley in August 2014.

The 27-year-old went on to appear in numerous other clips, including those which showed the execution of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, American journalist Steven Sotloff, and US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

Emwazi was last seen in a video showing the execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in January 2015 and was killed in a US strike on 12 November 2015 in the then IS stronghold of Raqqa.

Aine Davis

Police handout photo of Amal El-Wahabi's husband Aine Davis (left)© PA Police handout photo of Amal El-Wahabi's husband Aine Davis (left)

According to senior intelligence officials, Davis was plotting an imminent terrorist attack in Europe when he was arrested on the eve of the Paris atrocity in November 2015.

He was taken into custody by Turkish police at a villa just a couple of hours away from the Turkish city of Istanbul, which officials believe was the likely target, and he has remained behind bars ever since.

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‘ The Beatles ’ are dead or captured. But how to deal with Britain’s Isis fighters ? | Mary Dejevsky. Emwazi and at least two other Beatles were filmed in one such cafe, charging their phones and sitting on couches, by one Raqqa resident who dared not smuggle the film out of Raqqa until he had long fled.

Why are they nicknamed ‘ The Beatles ?’ Because of their English accents. An international manhunt for the fighters began in Aug. 2014 when ISIS released a video of Foley’s execution at the hands of an English-speaking militant, who called himself ‘John.’

Davis is serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for plotting the attack.

Before he went to Syria, Davis had led a life of crime in west London. He grew up in Hammersmith and would go on to become a drug dealer, before eventually converting to Islam and becoming radicalised during his time in jail.

His wife Amal El-Wahabi was jailed for two years in 2014 after being convicted of funding terrorism.

The Old Bailey heard how she had convinced a friend to smuggle €15,380 into Turkey to finance her husband's fighting with IS.

Alexanda Kotey

Alexanda Kotey© Other Alexanda Kotey

The 34-year-old, from Paddington, was born in London and is said to be a Queens Park Rangers fan.

Described by neighbours as a "reserved, polite boy", Kotey is believed to have attended the Al Manaar mosque in Notting Hill with Emwazi after converting to Islam as a teenager.

He would leave his London life and two children behind to travel to Syria in 2009.

Since becoming a member of IS, the terrorist is believed to have helped recruit other Britons to join the terror group, which has been driven out of its Syrian strongholds, including Raqqa.

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The jihadist ' Beatles ': Britons who became the face of Isis cruelty. Read more. American officials told the New York Times that the two men were captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which were fighting the last remaining pockets of Islamic State fighters near the Euphrates river on

Violence flared in eastern Syria where the US-led coalition said it killed pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies.

According to the US State Department, Kotey acted as a guard for IS and "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding".

El Shafee Elsheikh

El Shafee ElSheikh is from London. Pic: Facebook© Other El Shafee ElSheikh is from London. Pic: Facebook

The 29-year-old came to Britain as a child refugee from Sudan and lived in White City, west London.

Before his transformation into a jihadist, Elsheikh worked as a mechanic and was described by his mother, Maha Elgigouli, as "very clever" and a "nice boy".

His father, Rashid Sidahmed Elsheikh, who worked as a translator in the capital, told The Guardian that his son's radicalisation was "lightning fast".

Like Kotey, the US State Department said he had "earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions" while serving as a jailer for IS.

Before that he had been a member of al Qaeda, joining after travelling to Syria in 2012.

He had a daughter called Maha with a Syrian wife, and his first wife, an Ethopian woman from Canada, had joined them and had a son named after his brother Mahmoud, who died fighting for IS in Iraq last year.

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