Two British ISIS Guards to Face Charges in the U.S. for Their Role in Murders of Four American Hostages

In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed “The Beatles,” speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a security center in Kobani, Syria. | Hussein Malla/AP Photo

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that two former ISIS guards are en route to the U.S. where they will face charges for their role in the murders of four U.S. hostages.

The two former British citizens, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee ElSheikh, were both part of the notorious quartet of ISIS guards known as “The Beatles” that orchestrated the abduction and murders of Western hostages in Syria from 2012 to 2015.

The announcement marked the end of a more than two-year diplomatic spat between the U.S. and U.K. governments regarding the duo’s extradition. The U.K. finally agreed to hand over the two men after Attorney General William Barr this summer committed that the U.S. would not seek the death penalty in their cases.

The families of four Americans who were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by ISIS including James Foley, Peter Kassig, Kayla Mueller and Steven Sotloff released a joint statement celebrating the news Wednesday.