He beheaded prisoners. One of the “Beatles of ISIS” is ruled

The convict is 33-year-old El Shafee Elsheikh. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for hostage-taking, conspiracy to murder US citizens, and supporting a terrorist organization.

During a trial in Alexandria, Virginia, the prosecutor told the jury that Elsheikh “played a central role in the brutal hostage-taking scheme.” The group was nicknamed “ISIS Battles” by speaking with a British accent. They gained publicity with recordings of beheading Western prisoners of war in Iraq and Syria. US authorities say the group has beheaded 27 hostages.

A group of terrorists killed, among others British volunteers David Haines and Alan Henning, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and American aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

The sentence was delivered on the eighth anniversary of Foley’s death. His mother, Diane Foley, told the BBC that when she first heard about her son’s death, she thought it was “some kind of cruel joke”.

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