Feature Image – Head chopper Alexanda Kotey on left
One of the ‘other’ British Beatles pleas out on ISIS murders in Syria
from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: The “Beatles” title gave me flashbacks instantly. It’s been a long time since my mind had dealt with the head choppers in Syria, with some of the worst of them being these Brits that grew up in a democracy.
That said, the colonial Brits could be savage killers when they felt they needed to make a point. But these Muslim Brits were in the jihadi game for the ransom money and the fun of being able to play the omnipotent godly executioner.
VT covered the Syrian war closely, with the shame growing as we learned more and more about the US and some of its allies using proxy terrorists in their campaign to bring Assad down.
VT went to Syria three times.
On the last visit we were honored with an invitation from the Grand Mufti, who wanted to meet us the last day we were there. It was a memorable event, and we made sure we got some photos as we felt no one would believe it otherwise.
He told us about having a death warrant out on him from ISIS because he was a multi-faith Muslim. When the jihadis began bombing Christian churches, the Mufti ordered his imams to pray with the priests in their churches as a show of solidarity.
The jihadis could not kill him due to his extensive security, so they killed his youngest son in college, shooting him down in the street after class on the day his wedding announcement had been published. Nasty.
The new reports of US bases in Deir Ezzor closing was good news if the proxy terror baton is not just passed to Eric Prince. As for the Beatles, they have life in prison waiting for them… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … September 02, 2021
Alexanda A. Kotey, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Alexandria to playing a role in the kidnappings and deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
The three men were beheaded on camera in videos posted online. The circumstances of Mueller’s death remain unclear.
In court, Kotey read a statement in which he said he was “principally involved in every process of these negotiations” of trying to extract ransom from the U.S., including emails and the “proof-of-life videos and emails” sent to the hostages’ families.
“This role of mine required that I at times engage in acts of violence against the captives in order to subdue them, in order to compel those western governments, including the United States, to act fast and cooperate with our demands.
I had no doubt that any failure of those foreign governments to comply with our demands would ultimately result in either the indefinite detention of those foreign captives, or their execution.”
The Beatles, who were assigned responsibility for guarding foreign hostages by ISIL commanders, were harsher than other ISIL guards. One source said: “Whenever the Beatles showed up, there was some kind of physical beating or torture.”
According to a freed French hostage, they were the most feared of the jihadists because of their propensity to beat the captives, and their taste for the macabre, which included: use of electric shock Taser guns, mock executions (including a crucifixion of Foley), and waterboarding.
At one point, the Beatles were temporarily removed from their guard duties by ISIL because of their excessive brutality.
The Beatles were interested in obtaining ransoms for their hostages. A former hostage reported that the Beatles bragged that they had been paid millions of dollars in ransoms by certain European countries—enough to retire to Kuwait or Qatar.
The group contacted families of some UK hostages, and are believed to have maintained links with their associates and friends in the UK. James Foley‘s mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview: “their requests were impossible for us, 100 million Euros, or all Muslim prisoners to be freed. The requests from the terrorists were totally directed towards the government, really. And yet we as an American family had to figure out how to answer them.”
The Beatles’ cell held at least 23 foreign hostages, nearly all of whom were ransomed or killed.
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