British ISIS Suspects Indicted, Will Appear in Alexandria, VA October 7
Former British ISIS suspects Alexanda Amon Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, two of four ISIS members dubbed “The Beatles,” will appear in Federal Court today in Alexandria, Virginia. They are suspects in the torture, and beheading of American citizens James Foley, Peter Kassig, Kayla Mueller, and Steven Sotloff in Syria. They have been held by the military in Iraq prior to being sent to the US.
The British ISIS suspects
Kotey, Elsheikh, and the now deceased Mohamed Emwazi, along with a 4th man, believed to be Aine Davis, who is currently incarcerated in Turkey, were ISIS fighters that repeatedly engaged in physical and psychological violence against hostages they took in Syria. Emwazi, who beheaded the Americans, was killed by US forces in a 2017 airstrike. It took the Justice Department 8 years to finally get these other two back to American soil. They were known to the hostages as “the Beatles” because of their British accents.
According to the US Attorney’s office,
“James Wright Foley – In November 2012, Kotey, Elsheikh, Emwazi, and other ISIS fighters forcibly seized and detained Foley, a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. On or about Aug. 19, 2014, ISIS’s media center released a video depicting Emwazi beheading Foley.
Kayla Jean Mueller – In August 2013, ISIS fighters forcibly seized and detained Mueller in Syria. Beginning in or about October 2014, Baghdadi sexually abused Mueller against her will while she was held captive in Syria. On or about Feb. 7, 2015, Mueller’s family received an email from ISIS fighters confirming Mueller’s death in Syria.
Steven Joel Sotloff – In August 2013, ISIS fighters forcibly seized and detained Sotloff in Syria. On or about Sept. 2, 2014, ISIS’s media center released a video depicting Emwazi beheading Sotloff.
Peter Edward Kassig – In October 2013, ISIS fighters forcibly seized and detained Kassig in Syria. On or about Nov. 16, 2014, ISIS’s media center released a video depicting the decapitated head of Kassig.
Kotey and Elsheikh are each charged with conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death; four counts of hostage taking resulting in death; conspiracy to murder United States citizens outside of the United States; conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists — hostage taking and murder — resulting in death; and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization resulting in death. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.”
The long wait to snag these ISIS fighters took a toll on the families of those who have been hoping for justice for many years.
“These charges are the product of many years of hard work in pursuit of justice for our citizens slain by ISIS. Although we cannot bring them back, we can and will seek justice for them, their families, and for all Americans. Our message to other terrorists around the world is this — if you harm Americans, you will face American arms on the battlefield or American law in our courtrooms. Either way, you will be pursued to the ends of the earth until justice is done.” Attroney General William Barr
Featured photo of the British ISIS suspects: L-Elsheikh, R-Kotey