Last of British IS gang 'captured in Syria'

El Shafee Elsheikh 27 who was known as one of the brutal terrorists known as The Beatles because of his British accent has been captured in Syria

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were detained by US-allied Kurdish militia fighters in January, the New York Times (NYT) said.

The men were the last of a group of four militants known as the "Beatles," for their English accents, to remain at large.

The lead executioner in the "Beatles" cell, Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John", was killed by a US drone strike in 2015.

Who were the IS "Beatles"?

. The State Department, in imposing sanctions on Kotey past year, said he likely engaged in executions and torture, including electronic shock and waterboarding, and recruited several British nationals to IS.

Along with "Jihadi John" Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis, they are believed to have tortured and beheaded dozens of people. He was the masked militant who featured in gruesome IS videos, taunting Western powers before beheading hostages.

Ringleader Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in 2015 and Davis is in jail in Turkey after being convicted previous year on terrorism charges.

Victims who appeared in those videos included British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

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US officials did not provide any other details of the capture, but said the USA government with its coalition partners on the disposition of detainees held by the SDF. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details of the Syrian capture.

The aim was "to allow analysts more time to pursue the intelligence leads developed from their detention and prepare raids against unsuspecting Islamic State targets", the newspaper said.

The New York Times said that the SDF caught the men in January and have made them available to the USA military personnel for questioning.

What is the state of IS in Syria?

A US -led coalition has pushed Islamic State out of most of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who proclaimed the self-styled caliphate in 2014, remains at large.

In October, the group lost its "capital" of Raqqa to the SDF.

The SDF suspected the two men were foreign fighters and handed them over to American Special Operations forces.

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