ISIS terror duo admit role in U.S. aid worker’s captivity before death
Two ISIS terrorists that the media dubbed “the Beatles” have admitted to taking part in the captivity of American aid worker Kayla Mueller before she died. One said he extracted an email address from her to send ransom demands to her family.
NBC News says that the Mueller family received a demand from ISIS via email for a nearly $6 million payment (5 million euros) in return for her safe release.
The Obama administration rejected the plea from Mueller’s family that the U.S. pay the ransom, in line with longstanding U.S. policy. Doctors Without Borders, the aid group Mueller worked for, also rejected the pleas to pay the money.
Those who shared captivity with Mueller said that instead of being freed, she was tortured and raped several times before being killed by ISIS after 18 months of captivity.
“US and British authorities say the so-called Beatles were responsible for 27 killings, including the beheadings of Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning,” says NBC News.
The new admissions by the terror duo, named Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, come from video interviews obtained by NBC News.
Last year, Elsheikh, appearing on CNN, apologized for his role with ISIS.
“I consider my role in this whole scenario, this whole episode as one of my mistakes,” said Elsheikh, a native of Sudan. “I would like to apologize (to) everybody who was affected, directly or indirectly.”
“Elsheikh was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer,” the State Department said in its terrorist designation according to USA Today.
“As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding,” the designation says.
The pair were part of a group of led by “Jihadi John,” or Mohammed Emwazi, a British national, who immigrated to England when he was six years old. His group specialized in handling Western captives because of their knowledge of English.
He rose to prominence with the release of grisly videos of him showing beheading captives.
Kotey and Elsheikh both confirmed that they were jailers of Mueller.
“She was in a large room, it was dark, and she was alone, and…she was very scared,” says Elsheikh according to NBC.
“She was in a room by herself that no one would go in,” confirmed Kotey.
Mueller’s family has called upon the U.S. to send the pair to the U.S. for trial in the kidnapping, abuse and murder of their daughter.
The two are in U.S. custody in Iraq.
“They did so much horror to so many people,” said Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother.
“They need to be brought here. They need to be prosecuted. The other thing that’s really important to me about this is I need information about Kayla. We know so little about what happened to her.”
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