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IS ‘Beatles’ could be returned to UK to face trial

A combination picture shows Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh, who the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim are British nationals, in these undated handout pictures in Amouda, Syria released February 9, 2018. Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout via REUTERS

By: Keerthi Mohan

The two Islamic State militants captured in Syria last month could be returned to the UK to face trial, home secretary Amber Rudd hinted. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are believed to be members of the group nicknamed “The Beatles” and they are known for murdering and torturing a number of hostages. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson had earlier said he was against bringing the two back to Britain and the US had ruled out putting them in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Although she refused to confirm if the duo will return to Britain, Rudd said the important thing was…

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