The remaining members at large of a notorious foursome of Islamic State militant group (ISIS) militants, nicknamed after the popular United Kingdom band "the Beatles" for their British accents, have reportedly been captured by US -backed Kurdish fighters in Syria.
Two British Isis militants implicated in brutal acts of torture and execution, have been captured by US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, according to the New York Times.
"Jihadi John" was the leader of the group, known for using a knife to kill hostages in a string of videotaped beheadings, including of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. 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. All four once lived in West London.
Along with Elsheikh and Kotey, the "Beatles" group consisted of two others - the infamous executioner Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed "Jihadi John", and Aine Davis, who is now being held in Turkey.
Kotey, a 34-year-old convert to Islam who grew up in west London, and 29-year-old Elsheikh, whose family fled to the United Kingdom from Sudan in the 1990s, were the only remaining members of the group still at large. Davis was convicted of terrorism charges in Turkey this past May and sentenced to seven and a half years in jail.
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".
It is unclear if the Justice Department will prosecute the two men or when they will be turned over to the US military, the Times reported.
"Kotey has also acted as an ISIL (IS) recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organization".