They joined an entity that considers itself to be at war with Britain. They are traitors and enemy combatants. They held their British citizenship to be of no value until they were captured and needed it again to save their skins. And it wouldn’t be surprising if the thoroughly cowed and compromised British authorities capitulate and restore their citizenship.
“Isis ‘Beatles’ militants captured in Syria accuse government of breaking law by removing British citizenship,” by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, March 31, 2018:
Two surviving members of the Isis cell known as “The Beatles” have accused the government of violating international law by stripping them of British citizenship.
In an interview from the prison where they are being held by UK allies the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), they denied being members of the group headed by the executioner “Jihadi John”.
El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey told the Associated Press they were the victims of “propaganda” and would not receive a fair trial.
Asked about the beheadings of hostages including the American journalist James Foley and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Kotey claimed many fellow Isis fighters “would have disagreed” with the killings “in the grounds that there is probably more benefit in them being political prisoners”.
“As for my position, I didn’t see any benefit,” he added, blaming governments that refused to pay huge ransoms for their deaths. “It was something that was regrettable.”
Their first interview emerged after authorities announced the death of a British soldier in an explosion from an improvised device in Syria.
It was the first time a member of the UK armed forces has been killed since intervention against Isis started in 2014, with eight volunteers who fought the group with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units killed in the same period.
Both Elsheikh and Kotey were declared “specially designated global terrorists” last year for their roles in the Beatles, with officials holding the cell responsible for beheading more than 27 hostages and torturing many more.
A small number of captives, including French journalist Nicolas Henin, were freed and have told of the British militants’ brutality.
Speaking to The Independent after the pair were captured in January, Mr Henin described all four Beatles as “arrogant, considering themselves as the elite forces of the ‘caliphate’, connected to the highest level of the leadership of the group, and regularly brutal”….