Slain reporter James Foley's mother hopes Islamic State pair face US charges



An American woman whose son was killed by the Islamic State said Thursday that she is hopeful the transfer to USA custody of two British militants brings them a step closer to criminal charges.

"We need some semblance of justice for the horrific execution and torture of the Americans", Foley said.

Officials say they took El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey out of Syria to an undisclosed location.

"They have been moved out of Syria and are in a secure location. We have a certain number of ISIS fighters that are particularly bad, and we wanted to make sure that nothing happened with them in respect to getting out". Their potential transfer to the United States for trial has been delayed by Elsheikh's mother, Maha Elgizouli, who has challenged the British government's decision not to prosecute her son in Britain.

The two men and other British jihadis who made up the alleged ISIS cell that beheaded prisoners were nicknamed "The Beatles" by surviving captives due to their English accents.

"The worldwide coalition should meet because we are in a new situation and because the fight against Daesh risks reigniting as Daesh was waiting for this opportunity", Le Drian said, referring to IS by its Arabic name.

Mohammed Emwazi, the man who killed Foley, Sotloff, Kassig and other hostages in 2014, was killed in a drone strike the following year.

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Speaking to the AP at a Kurdish security center in March 2018, Elsheikh and Kotey repeatedly refused to address allegations they were part of the cell.

His younger brother, Mahmoud Elsheikh, later followed him but was killed fighting for IS in Iraq in 2015. A fourth American, Kayla Mueller, was killed while being held hostage by the Islamic State, but the exact cause of her death was not confirmed.

"He was very concerned about this issue and concerned that they be held accountable for their awful crimes", Foley said.

The US Justice Department wants the pair transferred to Virginia, where major terror trials are held.

Trump said that he had spoken to Boris Johnson on the subject of ISIS prisoners, but did not say whether he was referring to Kotey and Elsheikh. Attacks had taken place in the immediate vicinity, they said. The other, Aine Davis, was caught in Turkey and jailed for seven and half years in 2017, for being a member of a terror organisation.

Kotey said he saw Emwazi, better known as "Jihadi John", beat prisoners and threaten to waterboard them "as if he had previously" done so. Both men agreed to talk to The Washington Put up, and Kurdish safety officers facilitated separate interviews at a facility in Rmeilan, Syria.

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