A US court heard that a British Daesh ‘Beatle’ transmitted photographs of mutilated skulls to his brother. A US court heard that UK police discovered gruesome photographs of severed heads impaled on poles on the phone of a man claimed to be part of an infamous Daesh cell responsible for hostage-taking.
El Shafee Elsheikh, a member of the Daesh terror cell known as the “Beatles” due to their distinctive British accents, was shown wearing military gear on the device.

Elsheikh, 33, is accused of kidnapping, detaining, and killing four US citizens: James Foley, 40, Steven Sotloff, 32, Peter Kassig, 26, and Kayla Mueller, 26.

His lawyer dismisses the notion that his client was a member of the “Beatles,” claiming instead that he was a “ordinary Daesh soldier.”

The group is also suspected of being behind the beheading of two British people.

If convicted, Elsheikh could spend the rest of his life in prison.
As it took swathes of Iraq and Syria during its rise, Daesh gained notoriety for its beheadings of foreigners, including journalists and relief workers.

When the group openly disclosed atrocities done against Iraqis, Syrians, and others, it outraged the world. The so-called “Beatles” made news during this time for participating in televised executions, with onlookers and the media picking up on their distinctive British accents.

The accused’s brother, Khalid Elsheikh, was located in London with a phone that had unsettling communications with a contact in Syria known as “Kasir,” a Metropolitan Police digital forensics expert told the Virginia court.

“Send me some images of u in rambo mode,” Khalid wrote to Kasir on the private chat platform Telegram.
“This is the only one I have,” Kasir wrote beside a photo of himself in military gear. An earlier trial witness recognized the image as Elsheikh.

Twelve deleted communications were handed to the court, three of which featured men’s heads on poles, presumably following a combat between Syrian and Daesh fighters.

“Go easy sending me the images,” Khalid warned, in case the cops “snatch me up.”

Kasir left him a voice mail, concerned that the messages would be intercepted, saying, “For the record, I did not take those images, I have no information how those pictures were taken… “I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing.”

Michael Foley, the brother of murdered journalist James Foley, the first US prisoner executed by Mohammed Emwazi, popularly known as “Jihadi John,” testified in court.

According to him, the hostage-takers wanted either $100 million or the release of Muslim detainees in exchange for Foley.
Foley stated, “We had no ability to secure either of those demands.” “This isn’t a realistic request.” In my opinion, it’s not a negotiation.”

Eight months later, the family got another communication, this time condemning the United States for attacking Daesh and threatening retaliation: “The first of which being the blood of your American citizen, James Foley.” As a direct result of your crimes against us, he will be executed!”

Within days, Foley was beheaded. His brother stated he saw it “once or twice” and then forgot about it, but that it was “burned into his memory.”


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