Two Daesh militants from the United Kingdom have been captured in Syria, a US defense official has confirmed.
The British citizens were members of a Daesh kidnapping cell dubbed “The Beatles” which was notorious for videotaping beheadings, The New York Times reported Thursday. They were involved in the killing of detained Western hostages.
The men, who were identified as Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, were captured in January in eastern Syria by the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are supported by the US.
“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, using an acronym for the terrorist group.
The two captured men were the last two remaining “Beatles” members who were still at large. Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John,” was…