United States detention of ISIS 'Beatles' shows the collapse in relations with Turkey

Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on Oct. 9 2019 in Akcakale Turkey

Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on Oct. 9 2019 in Akcakale Turkey

Another hurdle was the fact they were being held by Syrian Kurds, in a part of Syria where there was no officially recognized government.

Two British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages and was known as "The Beatles" have been moved out of a detention centre in Syria and are in American custody, USA officials said Wednesday.

The official said that the transfer occurred on Wednesday and that it had been negotiated by the United States.

They were moved on Wednesday from a Kurdish-run prison in Syria to a safe location, officials said.

Two "high-value" jihadists held by Syrian Kurds have been taken into USA custody and moved out of the country, a defense official said Wednesday, as reports identified them as notorious British fighters dubbed "The Beatles".

Mohammed Emwazi, a member of the group who earned notoriety as "Jihadi John" was killed in a 2015 US drone strike, Aine Davis, another member of the terror cell is serving a prison sentence in Turkey.

"We are taking some of the most unsafe ISIS fighters out", said Trump.

"We have taken a certain number of ISIS fighters who are particularly bad and we've wanted to make sure nothing happened to them with respect to getting out", he said.

Their cell is accused of abducting and decapitating around 20 hostages including American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded in 2012.

Kotey, left, and Elsheikh, read a news article about themselves during an interview with The Associated Press at a security center in Kobani, Syria in 2018. Attacks had taken place in the immediate vicinity, they said.

There are about 2,500 Islamic State foreign fighters being detained in Syria, along with about 10,000 fighters from Syria and Iraq.

The pair have been stripped of their British citizenship and the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute them in the UK.

"They should go back, by the way, they should go back to Europe. That's where they want to go", the president said.

Another official said the two men were taken to Iraq out of an abundance of caution, adding that the United States is still fully committed to seeing them brought to justice. Yet it created a legal hurdle, and it made it even more complex, United Kingdom officials said, to repatriate them to face charges. The Kurdish administration in Syria had called for them to be put on trial locally, although that would have required worldwide co-operation to establish.

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