A British Isil fighter who was plotting attacks on UK soil was reportedly killed in a targeted attack on the orders of the RAF.
Naweed Hussain, 32, was killed last spring while fighting for Isil in its Raqqa stronghold in a US drone strike but now it’s been revealed his death was the result of a secret mission by British forces.
The extremist, who calls himself Abu Usamah al-Britani, had repeatedly groomed young British girls to become jihadi brides over Skype.
Justice Desmond Fagan made the comments while sentencing Tamim Khaja, 20, who pleaded guilty in October to planning and preparing a terrorist attack two years ago.
The bodies of hostages murdered by Jihadi John could soon be found after forensic teams made a visit to a mass grave near Raqqa in Syria.
The visit came after the interrogation two British jihadis who were part of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror cell US intelligence officers searching for the bodies of the Western hostages murdered by the Islamic State.
US officials have said that Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, who were captured by Kurdish forces, have given interrogators the ‘best breakthrough’ in the hunt for the bodies, CNN reported.
The success of the military campaign against Isis in Syria and Iraq has left behind a diplomatic and legal problem: what to do with the British citizens who travelled to join and fight with Isis, but who have survived hostilities. The problem has been brought to a head by the capture, by a group of Syrian Kurds, of El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey — two Londoners who were members of ‘the Beatles’, a group which tortured and beheaded at least 27 hostages.
Exhausted and strikingly different in appearance from the other captives, the two new prisoners were believed by Kurdish militia leaders to be among Islamic State’s cadre of foreign fighters.
But it was not until mid-January, around one week after their capture in eastern Syria, that the Kurds – and their CIA colleagues at the interrogation centre where they were holding the prisoners – knew exactly who they had: Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, Britain’s two most wanted terror suspects. They had finally been caught – and they were ready to talk.
Kotey and Elsheikh are the final two of an infamous quartet of Britons who acted as jailers, torturers and executioners of foreign aid workers and journalists for more than two years from mid-2013. They were dubbed “the Beatles” by their victims, in reference to their British accents – though they were from London, rather than Merseyside.
Hundreds of foreign women who joined the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group with their children have been captured in recent months by US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday.
The German daily interviewed Human Rights Watch’s terrorism and counterterrorism program director, Nadim Houry, who spoke with many of the women during visits to several detention camps in Kurdish-held areas of the war-ravaged country last month.
“About 800 IS women with children are in four camps … they come from around 40 countries. There are women from Canada, France, Great Britain, Tunisia, Yemen, Turkey and Australia,” he said, adding that 15 were from Germany.
Let the Kurds take care of this according to local custom.
The first pictures of the remaining ISIS ‘Beatles’ have been released after the pair were snared on their way back into Europe supposedly disguised as refugees.
Londoners Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were captured in Syria last month while trying to escape to Turkey, according to Kurdish-led forces.
Their capture comes amid fears they were trying to return intending to bring bloodshed to British streets.
Kotey and Elsheikh are two of four fanatics dubbed ‘The Beatles’, because of their British accents, whose leader ‘Jihadi John’ heinously beheaded hostages on camera.
Islamic State ‘Beatles’ pair from UK ‘should face trial’
The families of some of the victims of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages have said two captured fighters should face trial.
British fighters Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces.
Bethany Haines – whose father David, a British aid worker, was beheaded by the cell – said she hopes they die a “slow, painful death”.
Kotey and Elsheikh were two of four UK IS members known as “the Beatles”.
Female fighters in the Islamic State militant group are calling on their leader to give them the same rights as male militants to wage violent jihad and seek martyrdom, according to a letter posted in a pro-ISIS social media channel last week.
The French-language letter, addressed to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bahdadi, argues that the women in the terror group do not care about the same things as other girls, and would like to avenge the death of Muslims slain by their enemies, the alleged infidels fighting ISIS.
Syrian Kurdish fighters have captured the last two surviving members of the Islamic State’s notorious British “Beatles” terror cell, according to American officials.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were picked up as local forces fought running battles with Isil close to the border with Iraq, officials told The Telegraph.
The gang’s leader, Mohammed Emwazi – better known as “Jihadi John” – died in a 2015 airstrike. He appeared in a string of propaganda videos and was filmed beheading British and American hostages.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota announced Wednesday that the 19-year-old woman accused of starting fires in several different buildings last month on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul is now facing federal charges, including attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Those charges stem from an incident federal authorities claim happened in March of last year when she is alleged to have attempted to recruit two fellow St. Kate’s students to “join the jihad in fighting.”
A “significant proportion” of returning IS jihadists “no longer pose a security threat,” according to the British government. The U.K. government has so far refused to disclose its procedures for dealing with returning jihadists who have gone to fight with ISIS in the Middle East, but upon being questioned in parliament, a counter-extremism official has revealed that some have been deemed safe to accept back into society.
An estimated 40,000 people have travelled from 110 countries in order to join IS in the Middle East, and with many returning to their home countries, governments are struggling to find a way to deal with jihadists who want to resume their place in society. While the U.K. stripped 150 jihadists of their passports and banned them from returning, they only took the measure with people who already held dual nationality, to avoid making anybody stateless.
The video shows a burqa-clad 22-year-old woman being beaten with tree branches by multiple men, identified as her father-in-law, her brother, and her uncles.
The prime surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks is refusing to speak any further in a Belgian court, where he is on trial over the gunfight that led to his arrest.
Salah Abdeslam has said he will not respond to questions from the judge.
“My silence does not make me a criminal, it’s my defence,” he said.
Abdeslam, 28, claimed that Muslims were “judged and treated in the worst of ways, mercilessly”, and said he was placing his trust in Allah.
“I am not afraid of you, I am not afraid of your allies,” he added, without making clear who he meant.
PARIS (AP) — He is the mute survivor of the 10-man Islamic State cell that terrorized Paris in November 2015, refusing all pleas to shed light on the attack that left 130 dead or another one in Brussels just four days after his arrest.
After nearly three years jailed in isolation and silence, Salah Abdeslam goes on trial Monday in his hometown of Brussels for a police shootout that he himself fled. The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Abdeslam’s escape was short-lived — he was captured on March 18, 2016, in the same Brussels neighborhood where he and many of his Islamic State fighter colleagues had grown up.
Four days later, Islamic State suicide attackers struck again, this time at the Brussels airport and subway. In all, that sprawling network of IS fighters killed 162 people in the two European capitals. Most of the extremists were French speakers, raised in one of the cities they struck. The plot’s execution depended upon Islamic State’s success in wedding crime and religion.