Two ISIS terrorists are on their way to America to face charges in the capture and murders of four U.S. citizens in Syria from 2012 to 2015.
The Justice Department announced that Alexanda Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, will make their initial appearance in court on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. The former British citizens were part of a group of four ISIS guards known as "The Beatles." According to the Justice Department, the men grew up in the United Kingdom, where they became radicalized.
According to a 24-page indictment, Kotey and Elsheikh "participated in the abduction of American and European hostages in Syria" and "allegedly engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against the hostages, including against American citizens James Wright Foley, Kayla Jean Mueller, Steven Joel Sotloff, and Peter Edward Kassig."
"Today, we remember the victims, Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller, and their families who are forever affected by these senseless acts of violence," said FBI Director Christopher Wray during a press conference. "These families have suffered with the painful loss of their loved ones at the hands of brutal killers; today's charges demonstrate the FBI's dedication and commitment to giving them the justice they deserve. We, along with our partners in the U.S. Government, remain steadfast in our duty to bring to justice those who have harmed our citizens — no matter where they are, and no matter how long it takes."
The two terrorists have been charged with multiple felonies, including hostage-taking resulting in death, conspiracy to murder a U.S. citizen outside of the U.S., and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization resulting in death. Both will face a maximum penalty of life in prison for each count.