Trump Says U.S. Holds ‘Most Dangerous’ Islamic State Terrorists in Syria


The move comes after Turkey began a military offensive into northern Syria against US -backed Kurdish-led fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are holding more than 10,000 ISIS members as prisoners.

The two British Isis members accused of involvement in the beheading of western hostages are being taken to Iraq by the United States military as the Turkish offensive in north-east Syria gets into its second day.

Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al Ayn, northeast Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

US President Donald Trump has once again found himself at the epicentre of a Twitter troll-fest as he has confirmed on the micro-blogging platform that two Daesh* fighters, known as the Beatles, have been taken out of Syria to a more secure location.

The transfer of militants comes after the White House said Turkey will take over responsibility for the thousands of imprisoned fighters in Syria.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were part of a group of four of these British ISIS soldiers who beheaded seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers.

"We are taking some of the most risky ISIS fighters out and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure", Trump said at the White House.

Their cell became notorious for capturing, torturing, and murdering Western hostages, including American journalists and aid workers, and was seemingly led by the infamous "Jihad John" - real name Mohammed Emwazi.

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The Turkish invasion of the Kurdish-held region, launched on Wednesday morning, threw into doubt the continued custody of the pair.

"We've taken them out, and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure", he added.

The two British men were captured in January previous year in eastern Syria by the Kurdish forces amid the collapse of ISIS. The beheadings, often carried out on camera, horrified the world soon after IS took over much of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

If this is true, and the detained men were transferred over global borders, it could prove more complicated for the prosecute.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes had caused "huge panic" when they attacked the Kurdish-held territory today, and have claimed the bombing has killed five civilians and wounded others.

There are about 2,500 Islamic State foreign fighters being detained in Syria, along with about 10,000 fighters from Syria and Iraq.

"We have taken a certain number of ISIS fighters who are particularly bad and we've wanted to make sure nothing happened to them with respect to getting out", he said. "They don't want those people out any more than we do", he said.