So UK has been called by a senior US military commander, Maj Gen Patrick Roberson to repatriate the two Islamic State fighters who have been “caught on the battlefield” in Syria.
In defense, UK is saying that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, the two IS fighters have been stripped of their British citizenship. And the government is trying to negotiate for them to face trial over their testified involvement in the killing of some hostages in the US and if found guilty they will face the death penalty.
The two IS fighters El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, who were captured in January, this year, are believed to be part of an IS cell which became known as “the Beatles” by their hostages because of their surreal UK accents.
They were also associated with Mohammed Emwazi who was seen in many high profiles IS execution videos that showed the brutal beheading of Western hostages. Emwazi was finally killed in a US drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, in 2015.
Gen Roberson said that he would like them to repatriate to the UK, no doubt. He told the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) and USA were working hard to ensure that their countries of origin get these foreign terrorist fighters back into their custody. But so far only a handful has done that. Gen Roberson admitted that it was a decision of each and every country involved, and he explained that they as well as the SDF would certainly like them to be repatriated to their origin where they came from. He is one of the first senior US military officers to publicly call on the UK to take back its former nationals and nationals.
While Gen Roberson suggested that the US would prefer them to stand trial in the UK. Mr. El Sheikh’s mother is challenging the British government legally. Earlier this month, at a hearing at the High Court lawyers for the UK government, confirmed that Mr. El Shafee Elsheikh had been stripped of his UK nationality in December 2014. In a matter of fact, they have argued that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute him in the UK.
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