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US, UK set for diplomatic row over fate of IS Beatles

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 US want the captured Islamic State jihadists nicknamed The Beatles to be tried in their home country, but Britain is in no mood to allow that. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, part of a squad called The Beatles due to the jihadists’ English accents, were captured in Syria by Kurdish forces last month. They are wanted for the torture and murder of dozens of people, including UK and US citizens. The duo’s citizenship has been taken away to prevent them from entering Britain. The US has ruled out putting them in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and Britain’s…

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