Beatle of Islamic State could receive a life term for taking US hostages.

El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, was found guilty in April in Alexandria, Virginia, of taking hostages, conspiring to kill US people, and aiding a terrorist group. He now faces a mandatory term of life in prison.

On Friday, a US court will punish a member of the notorious Islamic State "Beatles" kidnapping and murdering squad for the murders of four American captives in Syria.


El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, was found guilty in April in Alexandria, Virginia, of taking hostages, conspiring to kill US people, and aiding a terrorist group. He now faces a mandatory term of life in prison.


The former British national's arduous two-week trial, which included poignant testimony from former hostages and the parents of the victims, was the most significant prosecution of an IS terrorist in the US.


The 12-member federal jury found Elsheikh guilty for his part in the killings of four Americans — journalists — after less than six hours of deliberation over two days. Along with humanitarian workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and.


In January 2018, a Kurdish militia in Syria arrested Elsheikh and another former "Beatle," Alexandra Amon Kotey, and turned them over to US forces in Iraq.


To stand trial, they were transported by plane to America in 2020.


Kotey, 38, entered a guilty plea in September 2021, and US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis, who will also impose a sentence on Friday for Elsheikh, sentenced Kotey to life in prison in April.


Aine Davis, a 38-year-old accused "Beatle," was returned to Britain from Turkey last week after being detained in detention on terrorism-related accusations.


In 2015, a US drone assassinated Mohammed Emwazi, the fourth "Beatle," in Syria.


Because of their unusual British accents, the hostage-takers, who were radicalized and raised in London, were given the moniker "Beatles" by the people they were holding hostage.


They are suspected of kidnapping more than twenty journalists and aid workers from the United States and other nations while they were active in Syria between 2012 and 2015.


At Elsheikh's trial, ten former hostages from Europe and Syria testified that they had endured months of cruel treatment from the "Beatles," which included beatings, electric shocks, waterboarding, and fake executions.


Emwazi beheaded Foley, Sotloff, and Kassig, and IS propagandists posted videos of their executions.


Mueller's passing was reported by IS in February 2015. The organization claimed that she was killed in a Jordanian airstrike, however, US authorities refuted this assertion.


During a US special forces raid in 2019, Baghdadi perished.


British police provided information on the lengthy investigation into the hostage-takers' identities and efforts to prosecute them on Wednesday, ahead of Elsheikh's sentencing.


The chief of the counterterrorism unit for the London police, Richard Smith, likened it to "putting together very small pieces of a jigsaw" and following a "trail of breadcrumbs."


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