El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey may seem like familiar names. They are two of a four-man group of terrorists nicknamed the ‘ISIS Beatles’, due to their prominent and recognizable British accents in propaganda videos. Their crimes – many of which were filmed and broadcast to the public while Islamic State was growing in strength – are horrific. They are suspected of 27 beheadings at the height of the terrorist group’s powers. The remaining two of their group include the infamous Mohammed Emwazi (also known as ‘Jihadi John’) who was killed in an American air strike, and Aine Davis, who is currently in jail in Turkey.
The victims of these four terrorists include British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, American citizens Peter Kassig, James Foley, and Steven Sotloff, and others.
In January last year, Elsheikh and Kotey were detained by Kurdish forces in Syria. What followed was a long process of determination on which state would be responsible for their prosecution. Although they both claim to still be British, they had been stripped of their British citizenship.
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