Two mem­bers of Daesh ‘Bea­tles’ caught in Syria

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The Amer­i­can-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces cap­tured two no­to­ri­ous Bri­tish mem­bers of a Daesh in­sur­gent cell com­monly dubbed “The Bea­tles” and known for be­head­ing hostages, U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

Air Force Col. John Thomas said that El Shafee El­sheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were cap­tured in early Jan­uary in eastern Syria. The two men are among four mem­bers of the Daesh cell that cap­tured, tor­tured and be­headed more than two dozen hostages, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can jour­nal­ists James Fo­ley and Steven Sot­loff, and Amer­i­can aid worker Peter Kas­sig.

Both men are be­lieved to be linked to the Bri­tish ter­ror­ist known as Ji­hadi John, the masked mil­i­tant who ap­peared in sev­eral videos de­pict­ing the graphic be­head­ings of Western hostages.

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