US officials have pledged to “punish” the last two Brits in a “bloodthirsty Islamic State gang” called “The Beatles” because of their British accents.
El Shafee Elsheikh is a former child “refugee” while Alexanda Kotey is a convert to Islam.
The “Beatles” group was infamous for “savage cruelty, subjecting foreign hostages to beatings, torture” and executions.
Reports indicate that their British citizenship has been revoked. Britain and every country in the West needs to implement this approach for all returning jihadis, and to begin monitoring carefully who enters the country, and to reject false accusations of “racism” and “Islamophobia.”
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson rightly states: “These are people who have done absolutely vile and despicable crimes and brought absolutely so much misery….It is good that they have been hunted down and caught.”
The difficulty is that there are too many of them on the loose, moving freely in and out of Britain and continental Europe. And in North America, Justin Trudeau is welcoming in Islamic State fighters at the expense of the safety of Canadian citizens. These jihadis also pose a threat to the United States.
“We will punish them! US vows to hold ‘Beatles ISIS terrorists’ to account after capture,” Express, February 9, 2018:
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are currently being held in Syria after being captured by Kurdish militia fighters in January and a US Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman said they are “still considering options” for the pair.
Along with Mohammed Emwazi – the killer nicknamed Jihadi John – and Aine Davis, they are thought to have been part of a group named after the ’60s band because of their English accents.
The four Londoners, now held by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamist uprising.
US officials said the pair “are suspected to have participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees”.
Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway from the DoD said: “We are still considering options regarding el-Sheikh and Kotey, but rest assured our intention is to hold anyone accountable who commits acts like those they are alleged to have committed.”
He said US Government agencies are working closely with coalition partners “on the disposition of detainees in SDF detention”.
He confirmed they are being held in a “detention location” in Syria but said he could not give any further information.
Mark Campbell, co-chairman of the Kurdish Solidarity Campaign, said he understood from sources in the YPG (Kurdistan People’s Protection Units) the arrests had taken place in the Deir ez-Zur region in the north east of Syria, towards the Iraq border.
Bethany Haines, whose father David was killed in 2014 after being held captive for 18 months, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain she would like the pair to be “locked up with the key thrown away” and is hopeful their capture will bring closure to bereaved families.
French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was held hostage by ISIS, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme they should be returned to Britain to be “judged fairly in their home country” while Diane Foley, mother of murdered US journalist James, told the programme she would like them to be brought to trial in America.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “These are people who have done absolutely vile and despicable crimes and brought absolutely so much misery.
“It is good that they have been hunted down and caught.”
Kotey, 34, and Elsheikh, 29, have had their British citizenship revoked, according to reports – but this has not been confirmed by authorities in the UK…..