ISIS 'Beatles' to be transferred to the US to stand trial

Two ISIS fighters in detention overseas – known as the Beatles – will be transferred in the coming days to finally stand trial over hostage executions

  • Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh will be transferred from US Custody in Iraq to mainland USA 
  • They are likely to stand trial in Alexandria, Virginia, after charges are filed
  • The pair are accused of playing a role in the executions of  two dozen hostages, including four Americans
  • They have claimed in the past they only ever tortured the hostages and didn’t kill them 
  • British authorities have handed over evidence that will help the American prosecution of the pair 
  • Bill Barr has  
  • They are half of a group of four British terrorists known as the ISIS Beatles 
  • The most famous – Mohammed Emwazi aka Jihadi John – was killed in a US drone strike in 2016 

Two ISIS fighters in detention overseas, who are known as one half of the ‘Beatles’ of the terror group, will be transferred to US custody in the coming days to be held for murdering American hostages in Syria and Iraq. 

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are both British but they renounced their citizenship when they joined ISIS in Syria in 2014. 

They murdered two dozen hostages including Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. 

Foley and Sotloff were journalists working in the region and Kassig and Mueller were aid workers. 

The accused claim they took part in torturing them and extracting information but that they did not take part in their executions.  

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, shown in March 2019, will soon be transferred from military custody in Iraq to the US to face trial 

They have been held in US military custody in Iraq since October 2019, but the families of their American victims have long pleaded for them to be brought onto US soil to stand trial.   

British authorities were reluctant. They agreed to hand over evidence to the US that would help with a prosecution which was delivered two weeks ago. 

AG Bill Barr has also agreed not to impose a death sentence on either man with the agreement of their victims’s families, who said they rather learn the truth of what happened to their loved ones through a trial. 

Neither of the men has been charged yet. Their trial is expected to take place in the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.   

The most prominent member of the ISIS Beatles was Mohammed Emwazi, the hooded executioner known as Jihadi John who was filmed slicing the necks of some of the victims in sickening videos that terrified the world in 2014 when ISIS spread them. 

He was killed in a US drone strike in 2016. 

The fourth member is Aine Davis. He is being held in a Turkish prison on terror charges. 

James Foley and Steven Sotloff were both working as journalists in Syria when they were captured and killed by the pair 

Kayla Mueller was working as an aid volunteer in Syria when she was killed in 2015 

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