Now expectations are that they will be sent to the United States to stand trial for the murder of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and USA aid worker Peter Kassig. In recent days, Attorney General William Barr asked Trump to make securing the detention of the two men a "priority" so they could be eventually prosecuted in the United States, and the president "immediately agreed", according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The pair were part of a four-member British cell which was nicknamed the "Beatles" by IS due to their British accents. "It be an abdication of our responsibility to substantiate that that safety for our possess citizens and allies".
Speaking to the AP at a Kurdish security center in March 2018, Elsheikh and Kotey repeatedly refused to address allegations they were part of the cell.
Overnight Trump said that he had spoken to the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, on the subject of Isis prisoners, but did not say whether he was referring to Kotey and Elsheikh.
The group also included Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, who was killed in a USA airstrike in 2015, and Aine Davis, who has been jailed in Turkey.
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A photograph released to Turkish media showed Erdogan at his desk, reportedly giving orders for the start of the operation. Trump said at the time that the Kurds "fought with us" and "died with us", and insisted that America would never forget.
In an interview this summer, Kotey and Elsheikh denied involvement in any murders, saying they only facilitated ransom negotiations. Attacks had taken place in the immediate vicinity, they said. The group was known for beheadings and barbaric treatment of hostages in Syria - including American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers - boasting of the butchery in videos released to the world. "The treatment had to be harsh to keep them in the state of mind" of compliance.
He stated the vital therapy included headlocks, punches and stress positions. "That's where they want to go", the president said.
"Kidnapping people is illegal, but the question is whether that will be enforceable in the United States courts", he said.
A call is expected within the impending weeks from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on whether or no longer the British government's offer to section proof on Elsheikh and Kotey, absent a promise from the U.S. that the men will no longer face the demise penalty, violates British legislation.
Another member was killed in a drone strike and the fourth is imprisoned on terror charges in Turkey.
Mekhennet reported from Rmeilan, Syria.