ISIS ‘Beatles’ extradited to US and will appear in federal court today
A pair of ISIS terrorists known as “The Beatles” have been extradited to the US and are due in federal court Wednesday to answer charges for the deaths of four Americans, officials announced.
British-born terrorists Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were captured by Kurdish forces in 2018 and held in Iraq, are now in FBI custody and are due in court in the Eastern District of Virginia on Wednesday, Assistant US Attorney John Demers said at a press conference.
“My message to other terrorists is this: If you harm an American, you will face the same fate as these men,” Demers said. “You will face American arms in the battlefield. And if you survive that, you will face American justice in an American courtroom and the prospects of many years in an American prison.
“Either way, you will never live in peace,” he said. “You will be pursued to the ends of the earth. No matter how long it takes, we will never forget. We will never quit.”
The two terrorists, nicknamed “The Beatles” by their captives due to their British accents, are named in an eight-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy to commit hostage-taking resulting in death, conspiracy to murder United States citizens, and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, Virginia Assistant US Attorney Zachary Terwilliger said.
The duo was part of a terror cell that kidnapped, tortured and killed American and European citizens since 2012, Terwilliger said.
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