United States takes custody of 2 high-profile IS militants


Two British men accused of involvement within the ISIS's summary executions of Western hostages, including Americans, are being transferred into U.S. military custody for the reason that Turkish incursion into Syria threatened their continued detention by Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, essentially based totally on USA officers.

The New York Times reports that the USA is planning to take Mr Elsheikh and Mr Kotey to Virginia, where they will be tested.

Both CNN and the Washington Post also reported the USA military had taken custody of the two fighters, while ABC said they had been transferred to a safe location.

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.

Trump announced Wednesday that, as Turkish troops were invading northeastern Syria, the U.S. was taking over custody of "some of the most risky ISIS fighters" from the Syrian Democratic Forces.

President Trump announced on Monday that USA troops would withdraw from northeast Syria, in advance of a planned invasion of the area by Turkey.

Trump told reporters at the White House that some of the "most dangerous" had been moved, but he did not say how many or where they had been taken.

Two of the so-called "IS Beatles" have been taken out of Syria to "a secure location controlled by the US", President Donald Trump has said. The Kurdish forces had been backed by the United States and they had captured the last of ISIS-controlled territory in Syria in March.

Jonathan Hall, the Government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the Government should "where possible" seek to prosecute British jihadis from Syria in the United Kingdom as part of its global responsibility to counter terrorism.

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Diane Foley says she would like to see the men charged in the United States for their involvement with the Islamic State cell that killed Western hostages, including her son, James.

He described them as "the worst of the worst" and said they were moved "in case the Kurds or Turkey lose control" of the area where they have been held since January previous year.

The Kurds - who helped defeat IS in Syria and were key in their fight against fighters and their relative in prisons and camps in areas under their control.

It is thought that under the offensive, some Islamic State prisoners could escape as they were being held by Kurd fighters, who are trying to repel Turkish attacks.

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.

Up to 50 high-level prisoners are thought to have been transferred to the Americans, along with the "Beatles".

His younger brother, Mahmoud Elsheikh, later followed him but was killed fighting for IS in Iraq in 2015.

That decision had been challenged by Elsheikh's mother, who took her case to the supreme court in London, to prevent the two men being extradited to the USA and instead put on trial in their home country.