Two ISIS terrorists part of a cell dubbed “the Beatles” — who allegedly took part in the torture and slayings of several Western hostages, including journalist James Foley — will likely be extradited to the US in the coming weeks to face prosecution, a report said Tuesday.
The British-born alleged terrorists, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, are being held in U.S. military custody in Iraq after they were captured by Kurdish forces in 2018, NBC News reported.
Their transfer to the US justice system had been stalled by a the UK courts, which wouldn’t turn over the prisoners if they would potentially face the death penalty in the US, according to the report.
Attorney General Bill Barr lifted the possibility of the death penalty this summer, paving the way for Kotey and Elsheikh’s extradition to the US, according to the report.
The cell the pair were allegedly apart of — called the Beatles because of their British accents — shot to infamy in 2014 because of footage they distributed of several on-camera executions they carried out.
The cell allegedly beheaded freelance journalist James Foley, who was abducted in northwestern Syria and held captive for two years before his killing.
In an interview obtained by NBC News this summer, Kotey and Elsheikh also admitted involvement in the detainment of American humanitarian activist Kayla Mueller.
Mueller, who was captured after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital, was repeatedly raped by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during her captivity.