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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.

Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters, two US officials said on Thursday.

In total, they killed 27 hostages and tortured many more.

According to military officials, the two men represent just a small portion of the hundreds of foreign-born IS terrorists from a number of nations that SDF fighters have captured or killed since October 2017.

"Jihadi John" was the leader of the group, known for using a knife to kill hostages in a string of videotaped beheadings, including of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Aine Davis was jailed in Turkey past year on terrorism charges, after being arrested near Istanbul in 2015.

Under interrogation they gave up "valuable information" on Islamic State's remaining leadership and structure, the newspaper says, citing a senior U.S. official.


The four Londoners were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamist uprising. They were the last two members of the brutal "Beatles" group of four British militants to remain at large.

The group were known for their savage cruelty, subjecting foreign hostages to beatings, torture and mock executions. "Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several United Kingdom nationals to join the terrorist organization".

Their identities were reportedly confirmed using fingerprints and other measurements.

Other information has been collected from cellphones and other electronic equipment they were carrying, the U.S. official said. They beheaded seven British, American, and Japanese hostages, including the British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and 18 members of the Syrian army.

Mueller had been originally imprisoned by the British militants, but was moved to another location, where she was badly abused by the leader of ISIS before she was killed in 2015.

The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS.


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