Charges against UK-born Isis pair shed light on brutality of terror group

Charges against UK-born Isis pair shed light on brutality of terror group

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The grisly allegations of hostage-taking, brutality and multiple murder in the lengthy charge sheet against Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh represent more than just a summary of US case against the British-born Isis followers. It amounts to an indictment of Isis, the brutal terror organisation that drew murderous strength from adherents who came from around the world, and its dead leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Isis emerged on to the public stage in 2014, with Baghdadis proclamation of the so called caliphate, but by then Kotey and Elsheikh had been in Syria for two years already and, according to the US, they had been radicalised in their home city of London. They were arrested during a demonstration outside the US embassy in London on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The protest was organised by Muslims Against Crusades an organisation banned by the UK government two months later after it planned to disrupt Armistice Day celebrations. Elsheikh arrived in Syria at the end of April 2012, initially to join the al Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, followed by Kotey in August, who travelled over from Britain with Mohammed Emwazi, who became notorious for allegedly beheading a string of American and British hostages before being killed in a US airstrike in 2015. They are accused of quickly switching their allegiance to Isis. At one point, in July 2014, Elsheikh is said to have described to a family member his participation in an Isis attack on the Syrian army in Raqqa. The message was accompanied by images of what appear to be decapitated heads of Syrian army soldiers, the indictment adds. As well as fighting, the three and a fourth man, Aine Davis, who remains in custody in Turkey are accused of participating in a brutal hostage-taking scheme targeted American and European citizens that began in late 2012 and ran until 2015. A stark passage in the 24-page indictment accuses the two men of being involved

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