THE ISIS "Beatles" have been charged by the FBI for the killing of James Foley and others, and could rot for life in hellhole "supermax" American prison.
El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - known as "George" and "Ringo" - have been facing extradition to the US after they were captured in Syria.
The US Justice Department has now announced the long-awaited charges against the two Brits, both from London.
"These charges are the product of many years of hard work in pursuit of justice for our citizens slain by ISIS. Although we cannot bring them back, we can and will seek justice for them, their families, and for all Americans," Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
In order to secure British help in obtaining evidence on the pair, Barr agreed that US prosecutors would not seek the death penalty in any cases against them and would not carry out executions if they were imposed.
The pair were held in Iraq by the US military for around a year and are now in FBI custody, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told a news conference.
"As for their ringleader, Mohamed Emwazi (infamously known as Jihadi John), he faced a different type of American resolve - the mighty reach of our military, which successfully targeted him in an airstrike several years ago," Demers said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Islamic State is still trying to radicalise people in the United States and elsewhere.
ISIS ‘Beatles’ charged by FBI for killing of James Foley and others and could rot in hellhole ‘supermax’ American prison
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