Last two Islamic State 'Beatles' fighters captured

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Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were the last two members of the cell to remain at large.

According to USA officials, Kurdish forces in Syria have captured Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, the last remaining members of a notorious ISIS beheading gang known as The Beatles.

The Syrian fighters who apprehended them told USA officials in mid-January that the two may have been captured, and the men's identities were later confirmed using fingerprints and other biometric data.

Former hostages who were released after being held captive by "The Beatles" said the Londoners routinely subjected them to beatings, torture and mock executions.

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Syrian Kurdish fighters have captured two British "Islamic State" militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages, two USA officials said on Thursday. Aine Davis, the fourth member, was detained in Turkey in 2015 and convicted on terror charges a year ago.

The two men are believed to have links to Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton known as "Jihadi John". The beheadings of Western hostages were videoed and the Britons in the unit were reputed to have treated their prisoners with a brutality that even their Isis controllers found hard to stomach.

"The two are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS" illegal captivity of Western hostages, and are thought to have links to the British terrorist often called "Jihadi John", the official said in a statement.

Syrian carry bread back to their home in Raqqa, the former "capital" of the Islamic State in Syria, on January 11, 2018.

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ElSheikh, whose grew up in West London after his family emigrated from Sudan to Britain, was described as having had a normal adolescence.

The pair's capture was first reported by the New York Times. The U.S. government said he hung on to the information to protect intelligence information.

The Islamic State's group self-declared caliphate - its area of control - shrunk rapidly past year.

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