Jihadi Beatles member Alexanda Kotey admits dismay
A member of the so-called & # 39; Beatles & # 39; gang of British ISIS terrorists has admitted that he was behind a plot to kill soldiers and police in West London.
Alexanda Kotey, who was captured by Kurdish fighters in Syria last year, said he had channeled money to British extremists and was trying to organize a massacre in Shepherd's Bush.
With regard to ITV News, he also acknowledged his contacts with fellow British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS assassin with the nickname & # 39; Jihadi John & # 39 ;.
He said the pair as & # 39; hostages & # 39; had worked in Syria to gather information from prisoners such as journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Emwazi in 2014.
Alexanda Kotey (photo), who was captured by Kurdish fighters in Syria last year, said he had channeled money to British extremists as he attempted to organize a massacre in Shepherd's Bush
Kotey said the planned killing in London, which was thwarted in 2014, should be part of a broader plan to make sleeping cells in European countries.
& # 39; The idea was to plant people in countries so that if there were aggression from these countries, they would have people who would carry out a mission & he said.
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 was imprisoned in Turkey in 2017 for belonging to the terror group
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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