British ISIS member admits that he is a member of the Beatles’ terrorist cell
A British ISIS member has admitted to being part of a cell known as The Beatles and apologized for his actions from the prison where he is being held in Syria.
El Shafee Elsheikh, who was born in Sudan but grew up in London, confessed that the terror group had ransomed Western prisoners back to their families.
He spoke next to Alexanda Kotey, another British ISIS hunter, who repeated a confession he made last month in which he said he was also in the Beatles and had helped ransom Westerners.
El Shafee Elsheikh admitted that he was a member of the ISIS cell known as The Beatles for the first time, and described his job as paying back Western hostages to their families.
Elsheikh & # 39; s confession reflects that of ISIS cellmate and fellow Beatles member Alexanda Kotey (left) who described himself as a & # 39; hunter & # 39; who helped to pay prisoners loose
Elsheikh also offered an apology for his time in ISIS, and admitted joining the terror group as a & # 39; mistake & # 39; and he now wants this part of his life to be over & # 39;
Both men spoke with CNN from prison in northern Syria, where they have been detained by Syrian democratic forces since they were captured in January 2018.
While the couple joked and smiled in early interviews, they cut a completely different figure in the latest coverage – heads bowed, eyes lowered, and in silent voices.
& # 39; I consider my role in this entire scenario, this entire episode to be one of my mistakes for which I would like to apologize, & # 39; Elsheikh said.
& # 39; (To) all involved and everyone involved, directly or indirectly. & # 39;
When asked why he now offered an apology and confession after he had so long denied his role in ISIS, Elsheikh added: & I just want this period to end.
& # 39; I know what needs to be done. The truth must come out. & # 39;
Depressed or trying to avoid extradition to the US, where he could get the death penalty for the murders of James Foley, Pete Kassig, and Steven Sotloff, Elsheikh said it was unlikely that anything he said would stop him from being brought to America .
He continued to deny that he had anything to do with the death of the three men – or with any of the other 27 Westerners murdered by The Beatles, including the British Alan Henning and David Haines.
Elsheikh and Kotey also deny that they are torturing Western ISIS prisoners and contradicting the reports their former prisoners have given since they were released.
Kotey gave a separate interview last month in which he made a similar confession to Elsheikh and admitted that he was trying to organize terrorist attacks in Great Britain from Syria
Elsheikh & # 39; s confession reflects that of cellmate Kotey, who gave an interview to ITV in May, acknowledging that he was an ISIS member for the first time.
Kotey admitted that he returned money to British extremists and helped arrange a firearm for an attack allegedly carried out in Shepherd's Bush – where he was raised – but said he was not told details of the plot.
Together with fellow British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi, better known as & # 39; Jihadi John & # 39 ;, Koey confessed that he was an ISIS & # 39; hostage & # 39; in Syria.
Their job, he said, was gathering information from prisoners.
When he discussed his role with Emwazi, he said that the Londoners had joined the Islamic State in Idlib as regular fighters in 2012.
After an & # 39; order from above & # 39; they were moved to Aleppo, where there were more Western prisoners, he said.
& # 39; When that order came for (Emwazi) to move to the countryside, he asked if we wanted to accompany him, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; They were more in number (the prisoners), they had collected them in one place, different nationalities, varying nationalities.
& # 39; (At this point it was instructed to extract email addresses from them to open communication.
Kotey also has contacts with fellow British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS assassin with the nickname & # 39; Jihadi John & # 39; (photo) recognized
& # 39; This was usually earlier, in the time of Idlib – the time of Aleppo there wasn't really that kind of interaction between myself and the prisoners.
& # 39; It was good and takes the necessary information and leaves, & # 39; he said.
Despite the fact that he gave in to his bond with Emwazi, known for performing various filmed beheadings, Kotey denied any involvement in those murders.
& # 39; I don't see in my case that it makes a big difference if I was there or not, & # 39; he said.
However, US officials said that Kotey and colleague & # 39; Beatle & # 39; El Shafee Elsheikh & # 39; are suspected of having participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western prisoners & # 39 ;.
Kotey is guarded in the former core area of the Caliphate that fell to Kurdish militia fighters in January.
Emwazi was killed in an American air raid in 2015 after he appeared in a number of videos in which prisoners, including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, were beheaded.
The fourth gang member, Aine Davis, was sentenced for membership in a terrorist organization and imprisoned in Turkey in May 2017.
The four Londoners were involved in a series of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamic uprising and gained worldwide fame.
Two other men were imprisoned for living above the terror of Shepherd & # 39; s Bush in 2016.
Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed were locked up in the Old Bailey for conspiracy to murder and prepare terrorist actions.
Hassane had identified Shepherd's Bush Police Station and Territorial Barracks Territorial Barracks in White City as potential targets in Google Street View.
Mohammed Emwazi (left), also known as Jihadi John, and Aine Davis (right), who were imprisoned in Turkey in 2017, have been confirmed as the other two members of The Beatles
The judge told the couple: & # 39; It is shocking, tragic and regrettable that you, two young British men, who have been educated through the British school system, are taking university courses, so influenced by the bloodthirsty version of Islam presented by Isis and other like-minded groups, that you have decided to take up arms against your British fellow citizens and those who must protect them in the streets of your own city. & # 39;
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC had said that Hassane and Majeed were strongly influenced by the rise of the Islamic state, which pronounced a caliphate in June 2014.
Within a few days, Hassane promised his loyalty to IS and encouraged his friends to follow this example. He introduced himself with a gun in one hand and a book about Osama bin Laden in the other.
His good friend Majeed studied at the prestigious King & # 39; s College in London and was president of Islamic society.
The court heard that Majeed was sending a photo of a dead hunter smiling & # 39; to a Telegram chat group called Turnup Terror Squad, of which Hassane was also a member.
And he had a & # 39; grim & # 39; video of Jihadi John decapitating a journalist on his iPad, jury members were told.
Tarik Hassane followed instructions from mastermind, physics student Majeed had a gun and ammunition and discussed the purchase of a non-traceable moped before the police arrested him in September 2014.
His old school friend Hassane, nicknamed The Surgeon, studied medicine in Sudan at the time, but hurried back to London to continue as a & # 39; lonely-wolf terrorist & # 39; before he was also arrested.
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