Two British IS fighters known as ‘The Beatles’ in US custody

Two British IS fighters, known as "The Beatles" have been moved out of their Syrian prison and are now in US custody, according to US officials.

The two men – El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey – were a group of four men from the UK who were part of an IS terror cell known as The Beatles, due to their captives recognising their English accents.

Elsheikh and Kotey were captured in 2018 trying to flee the region, and have been in a Syrian prison since then.

US officials confirmed that the pair were moved out of Syria by military and law enforcement personnel to make sure that they could not escape as a result of the break down of security following the Turkish invasion in the country.

It is not known where US security forces have taken the pair, but a source says that they are in a "secure location".


The British terror cell beheaded journalists from the UK, US and Japan, as well as aid workers and Syrian soldiers in videos released by IS to the world.

A member of the group, dubbed Jihadi John was killed in a US airstrike in 2015, with another, Aine Lesley Davis locked up in a Turkish prison.

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