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.
Unnamed US Officials told the NYT that Kotey and Elsheikh were captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which were fighting the last remaining pockets of IS fighters near the river Euphrates on the Iraq/Syria border.
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.
Alexanda Kotey and El-Shafee el-Sheikh were captured and identified by the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a US defense official. They were known as "The Beatles" due to their British accents.
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A US-British missile strike believed to have killed Emwazi, a British citizen of Arab origin, was months in preparation but came together at lightning speed in 2015 in the Syrian town of Raqqa, according to USA officials.
The US government believes the group beheaded more than 27 hostages and used torture methods such as waterboarding and electrocution. All four once lived in West London. The fourth man, Aine Davis, is in jail in Turkey.
It added that the men were identified by fingerprints and other biometric means. The newspaper said the United States troops confirmed their identities using fingerprints and additional biometric measurements.
In a later release, the department said that Elsheikh had "earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer", the department said, using a different acronym for IS.