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U.S. takes custody of British Isis pair

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The two British Isis members accused of involvement in the beheading of western hostages are being taken to Iraq by the USA military as the Turkish offensive in north-east Syria gets into its second day.

Kotey and Elsheikh are the most notorious of several dozen ISIS detainees taken into custody by the US, The Washington Post reported.

The pair - a part of a gaggle of 4 British militants dubbed the "Beatles" by their hostages - had been being detained with the goal of placing them on trial in america, stated a senior U.S. official, who like others spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate a delicate matter.

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

Earlier on Wednesday, President Trump said while speaking to media that the United States had transferred "some of the most unsafe IS fighters" amid fears they could escape custody as Turkish troops invade Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria.

President Trump announced on Monday that USA troops would withdraw from northeast Syria, in advance of a planned invasion of the area by Turkey.

The New York Times reports that the USA is planning to take Mr Elsheikh and Mr Kotey to Virginia, where they will be tested.

"They have been moved out of Syria and are in a secure location", a U.S. official said, without identifying where.

Kotey stated he noticed Emwazi, better identified as "Jihadi John", beat prisoners and threaten to waterboard them "as if he had previously". "The treatment had to be harsh to keep them in the state of mind" of compliance.

He said the harsh treatment included headlocks, punches and stress positions. The group also included Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, who was killed in a United States air strike in 2015, and Aine Davis, who has been jailed in Turkey. However he denied any involvement in mock executions or waterboarding.

A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led global coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. He said Emwazi saw the killing of journalists and aid workers as warranted because they had "come to interfere in our internal affairs".

In 2014 and 2015, the militant group held more than 20 Western hostages in Syria and tortured many of them.

Toby Cadman, a British lawyer representing Diane Foley, said he also worries that moving the prisoners around could create new opportunities for the defendants' families to delay a prosecution.

"We said we don't want them either, but somebody has to watch over them", he told reporters.

Two of the British Islamic State "Beatles" could be sent to the USA to face trial where they face the possibility of the death penalty. "You want these people lawfully handed over".

Another member was killed in a drone strike and the fourth is imprisoned on terror charges in Turkey.