Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Washington transfers two British jihadis from Syria into USA custody

Washington transfers two British jihadis from Syria into USA custody

"The Beatles" cell allegedly beheaded Individuals James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, in addition to different Western hostages, with many others tortured. In recent days, Attorney General William Barr asked Trump to make securing the detention of the two men a "priority" so they could be eventually prosecuted in the United States, and the president "immediately agreed", according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of being part of an Islamic State group which has been kidnapped and murdered Western hostages in Syria.

Two "high-value" jihadists held by Syrian Kurds have been taken into U.S. custody and out of the country, as reports identified them as two of the notorious British fighters dubbed "The Beatles". "It be an abdication of our responsibility to substantiate that that safety for our possess citizens and allies".

They were captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in January 2018.

The pair were part of a four-man cell of British fighters that included Foley's alleged killer, Mohammed Emwazi, who became known as "Jihadi John" and who was later killed in a drone strike.

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"They have been moved out of Syria and are in a secure location", a USA official said, without identifying where. It is not clear how many prisoners are involved in the transfer.

Toby Cadman, a British lawyer representing Diane Foley, said he also worries that moving the prisoners around could create new opportunities for the defendants' families to delay a prosecution. Attacks had taken place in the immediate vicinity, they said. However he denied any involvement in mock executions or waterboarding. "That's where they want to go", the president said. He stated Emwazi noticed the killing of journalists and succor workers as warranted because they'd "come to interfere in our internal affairs".

Britain revoked the citizenship final yr of each Kotey and Elsheikh - with them complaining that it made it unimaginable for them to get a good trial, with one in every of them saying the beheadings have been "regrettable". The other, Aine Davis, was caught in Turkey and jailed for seven and half years in 2017, for being a member of a terror organisation.

"Kidnapping people is illegal, but the question is whether that will be enforceable in the U.S. courts", he said. Both men agreed to talk to The Washington Put up, and Kurdish safety officers facilitated separate interviews at a facility in Rmeilan, Syria.

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