British jihadis who were members of the ‘Beatles’ terrorist cell taken into US custody

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Alexanda Amon Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh have been taken into US custody (AP)

Two British terrorists who were part of an Isis cell known as “the Beatles” have been removed from Syria and taken into US custody.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are among several dozen Isis terrorists who will be seized by the US military.

The pair were part of a four-member British cell nicknamed “the Beatles” by Isis due to their British accents.

Officials say they took El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey out of Syria to an undisclosed location.

Donald Trump said earlier on Wednesday the US had transferred some Isis prisoners amid fears they could escape custody as Turkish troops invade north-eastern Syria.

The pair were part of an Isis terror cell dubbed the 'Beatles' (AP)

In a tweet confirming the report, Trump described the pair as “the worst of the worst”.

Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after US troops pulled back from the area.

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Trump told reporters: "We are taking some of the most dangerous Isis fighters out…

"We've taken them out, and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure.”

Donald Trump described the pair as the 'worst of the worst' (AP)
Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, was also part of the Beatles terror cell (Reuters)

Ex-MI6 Chief Sir John Sawers told BBC Radio 4 today that any UK-born Isis fighters “should be brought back to face British justice here”.

Other members of the ‘Beatles’ terror cell included Aine Davis, who has been jailed in Turkey, and Mohammed Emwazi - otherwise known as Jihadi John, who appeared in several videos executing hostages.

Emwazi was killed in a US air strike in 2015.

The US is planning on moving Elsheikh and Kotey to Virginia where they will be put on trial, according to the New York Times.

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